Monday was another hot and sunny day. I had arranged a tour with guide Michael Osman, who came to the apartment to pick us up. We began by walking along the Seine toward Notre Dame, Michael telling the boys some of the early history of Paris. We walked through Ile Saint-Louis to look at the back of Notre Dame and hear about its construction, then went inside. From there we went to the Conciergerie, where Michael had lots of gruesome stories to tell about the Revolution. Onward next door to Saint-Chapelle, where our Museum Passes enabled us to skip the long line. When we emerged into the upper chapel, I heard Dan the Unimpressed Teenager quietly say "Woah" as he saw the room full of soaring stained glass.
By this time it was lunchtime. Michael suggested a good crepe place in Montparnasse. We hopped on the bus, and got off near the Cemetary. After a short walk through the cemetary and the streets of Montparnasse, we arrived at a tiny, busy crepe restaurant. Excellent crepes and (slightly hard) cider. Josselin, 30 rue Delambre, Metro Edgar Quinet. Good place.
Dan had one request for the day--Les Egouts, the Sewers. We hopped onto the Metro, got off at Alma, and walked over the Pont. This was actually far more interesting than I had anticipated, with many good historical displays of Paris' physical history. Larry the engineer and the boys were fascinated. Yes, it was a bit ripe down there. The boys really enjoyed this, although they were disappointed to not see turds in the water. I got over it.
We continued by walking through the 7th, since Larry needed an ATM. Michael stopped into a chocolate shop on Rue Cler to get just a piece for each boy, and the woman behind the counter gave him a whole bag as a gift.Very nice, on many levels.
We were all feeling our feet by now, so we headed over by bus to the Marais to get home. We walked through the Marais, Michael telling the history of that area. We stopped at Amorino to get the boys gelato, then walked home.
A very full day. Dinner at home.