We woke up to rain this morning, but had already been planning for that.  We stayed in for awhile and drank coffee and ate leftover croissants.  As the morning drew on, the rain subsided, so I started planning how to get there and then what.  We decided to go back to St. Suplice (where the DaVinci Code was based) and also where the fabulous organ is housed.  We arrived a little later than planned, but as is the case with American Churches, they were running a bit late and we ended up seeing a lot of the service and participating in the Eucharist.  Once again, we only got bread, which was actually a little round flat thing that you see a lot of these days, but no wine or juice.  We still haven’t figured out that one.  We didn’t see another line for the blood of Christ, so we just took the body.  Oh well.  We stayed for the organ concert of 30 minutes afterward and again, enjoyed it immensely.  I lit a candle for my family and we decided to have lunch in the area and came across a restaurant called Cafe Six.  We enjoyed our lunch there and then got on the bus to Invalides again.  There was so much to see in the Musee Armie that we really didn’t have enough time a few days ago.  As it turned out, they were not charging to get in, so we saved about 20 euros on that trip.  We throughly enjoyed the museum once again and concentrated on the WWII exhibit, which was huge.  We spent about 2 more hours there.  I didn’t realize that Charles De Gaulle was actually like a revolutionary.  France had surrendered to Hitler, but De Gaulle wanted to organize a rebellion.  He allied himself with the French Resistance and was able to convince the US and England to march all the way to Paris.  I was really proud of my country while I was in that museum and it was apparent that the French appreciated our participation.  I was also horrified at the losses that France took during WWI and WWII.  Even though France was still a world power after WWI, they were so devastated by war that they were unable to maintain their territories and enforce the treaties that they had signed.  Anyway, we came in the front of the museum and the left at the rear, which is actually Napoleon’s Tomb.  As it turned out, the bus that we catch in the morning just outside of our apartment was the same bus that was behind Les Invalides, so we hopped right on.  This bus would take us by the Arc De Triomphe, so we decided to check out the lines and if they weren’t long, then we’d stop and make a run up the steps.  As it turned out, the lines were not long, so we hopped off the bus and then searched for the underground to get to it.  It was not as easy as it sounds.  Paris has so much underground that there are accesses everywhere.  They are so many of them, that you don’t even see them anymore and this was the case with the access to the Arc De Triomphe.  We did finally find it and crossed underground and came up under the Arc. We got in line and then realized that they weren’t selling tickets either.  It was a free day.  We walked up the 257 steps, I think, to the top and really enjoyed the vistas over Paris.  Even though it was a cloudy day, we still felt we could see a long way.  We came back down and realized that they were having a ceremony for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  We stayed for that and then headed home.  We stopped by the boulangerie and picked up a baguette, then headed home for some wine, cheese and bread.  We hung out there for awhile, then decided to go out to eat.  We went directly across the street to Schwartz’s Deli, which we noticed had been packed every night.  We know why.  They were serving the best hamburgers that you have ever tasted and they were huge.  We had read that Paris loved hamburgers and we found out that it was true.  I had a Cuba Libre and Bobby had a pretty good Cosmopolitan — probably the best one we’ve had since we’ve been here.  He had a veggie burger and I had a hamburger with cheese, grilled onions and some dynamite sauce on it.  We ate too much and came home to another glass of wine.   We wondered why we weren’t being charged admission to the monuments and museums.  It was because it was  European Heritage Days.  Every year on September 20 and 21, 50 European countries open the doors of monuments, museums and government buildings normally closed to the public in order to raise awareness of European citizens to the richness and cultural diversity of Europe.  We just happened to be beneficiaries of this wonderful event and we sure did appreciate the rich heritage of the French.  We both commented on how many things had been preserved so well and how much effort it must have taken throughout the many wars to preserve so much.

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About lynntclarke

I am an attorney by trade, but love to travel. I am in my "golden" years and decided to blog about some of my trips, mainly to keep a diary of my experiences, so that I can do picture books for my travels and remember what I did each day. When you travel, you tend to forget the day before as you are having such wonderful new experiences. The blog will be there forever, I suppose, but memories fade fast. I hope you learn something worthwhile as you read. If not, then that is okay, too. Enjoy your own travels!!!

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