|Chateau de Vincennes|
|The castle at Chateau de Vincennes|
After lunch, we headed over to the Eiffel Tower and hung out at the park around it and took some pictures.
We finally did find some open shops, but shopping in Paris was a bit overwhelming! It rained for about an hour in the afternoon and we didn't have coats or umbrellas, so we went into a patisserie and snacked on some meringue treats. We did go into some shops, but the only thing we bought was a couple boxes of macaroons and a notebook for Portia. My favorite macaroons of the day were: strawberry-mint, lime basil and chocolate-coconut. Eric's was the peach...
We walked to the Louvre but it was getting late and we frankly didn't have the time to go in. The girls LOVED the Locks of Love bridge where people have locked their names and then threw the key into the river.
We rested on some benches in the courtyard of the Louvre. Beautiful building!
Did I mention how much we walked?
. . . and walked?
|Bianca, entertaining herself during all our walking|
Portia says she doesn't like macaroons (crazy!) so I let her get this chocolate sucker at the macaroon shop while we were having macaroons. Portia ate it on the train back to our car. Yeah, it was so crowded in there we didn't get to sit together. At least most of us had seats!
We were exhausted by the end of our day, but I really am glad we made it to Paris. We didn't get back until well after dark and we got stuck in a thunderstorm. The navigation (we called her "Carlotta" in our rental car) tried to take us home through some ridiculous field (we could not see a road!) that was dangerously close to a lake or river. We were so scared, Eric ended up turning us around after half a mile and we realized that Carlotta was in fact trying to kill us!