Day 10 - Paris City Tour
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
There is no doubt that when you travel, a healthy amount of resilience and perspective makes the trip much more enjoyable. Sometimes, you just have to keep going and adapt to your situation. With all the flooding in France that has certainly been the case. Last night the internet on the ship was not working well so I couldn't post my daily blog - ah well.
So, with the rising river our ship had to sail Wednesday night to a different town farther away from Paris which meant that our bus trip yesterday morning into Paris took a bit longer. The traffic in Paris is terrible at the best of times so we spent more than an hour on the bus to Paris. Sure, we could have grumbled but what good would that do - instead we listened a a great guide who shared incredible information with us. He was great. Our tour of this beautiful city took in its most remarkable sights. We saw the highlights of Paris from the bus and had a lovely stop at Notre Dame Cathedral. The line was long and the crowd huge, especially with all the tourists in town for the soccer championship, but we were resilient.
After our cathedral tour we had free time and enjoyed lunch at a lovely sidewalk café. As we were leaving the café the rain started so by the time we were back at the bus, we were rather wet but we are resilient so a little rain was not going to put a damper on a great day. Our bus trip included pictures by the Eiffel Tower. You can see the soccer ball hanging from the center.
We drove by the École Militaire, Orsay Museum, the Latin Quarter, the Louvre and Opera House and along the famous Champs Elysées. It would be lovely to have more time to spend in Paris and spend time in the museums and other places.
We drove back to the ship and enjoyed a lovely Captain’s cocktail party and a great dinner. This morning the sun is shining and we are off to explore the works of Claude Monet and his beautiful gardens.
Our group is so resilient, after along day of walking and exploring they are all up and ready to do it again; no complaints just gratitude for another adventure.