The Last of Paris

Sunday morning in Paris DB woke up sick.  Ah!  It wasn’t food poisoning I had after all!  Sushi is off the hook.  However, with both of us feeling less than wonderful, what were we going to do with ourselves for a whole day in Paris?  We had to check out of our hotel room by 11 and our train wasn’t until 4.30pm.

We headed out to see the old canal that still has working locks, right in the middle of the city.  This canal was also featured in the movie “Amelie”.  If you haven’t seen this movie, rent it, tonight, and watch it.  It’s one of my very favorite movies ever.

Again, we just stumbled on an event in the city – a 10k race!

We walked to the start/finish point on the canal and sat and watched the runners.  They had to make 3 loops around the canal.  As a runner it was fun to watch, but also kind of frustrating.  “It should be ME out there running too!” part of me thought.  But the sick part of me was happy to sit and watch.  It was very warm and muggy and the runners looked like they suffered from that.  It was a small local race with less than 1,000 runners I’d say.  The winner finished in 40 minutes.

We then took the metro to another park, to sit and wait the afternoon out.  It was sad – here we were in Paris, with glorious weather, and all we could think about was 1) where’s the closest toilet; and 2) can we go home yet?  We had to wait to get on the Thalys, in our reserved seats, late in the afternoon.  I guess the least we could do was hang out in a park with a nice view:

We sat in the shade on a park bench.  DB laid on one side and took a nap.  I knit, finishing the baby hat.  In this photo you can just make out the leg of the Eiffel Tower in the background:

And then we headed home.  And that was the trip to Paris!  We’d like to go back again and do it without sickness.  It’s only a 5 hour train ride away after all.  We really should go more often.  There’s really no where in the world like Paris.

One thought on “The Last of Paris

  1. Debbie July 5, 2009 / 15:06

    We have been to Paris twice, both times on the Thalys from Holland. It was beautiful there but looking at your pictures makes me realize how much we have missed. We saw the usual suspects-The Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur and Montmartre, The Louvre, The Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées and Notre Dame Cathedral of course. But we did travel out of Paris to see The Palace at Versailles, it was beautiful!

    Your pictures make me want to go to Paris again but then there is England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany is much closer too…so many places to see!

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