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A Monday Evening Stroll to l'Arc de Triomphe

We were going to take it easy last night, have a light dinner and just stay close to home, due to the heat. We walked over to a little pizza place on St Antoine that we had been to last year, Pizza Momo. It's not fancy, but makes good pizza in a wood-fired oven and it's just what I was in the mood for. We sat at one of the outside terrace tables and enjoyed the people watching once more. I had a vegetarian pizza with artichoke hearts, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, peppers and cheese. Den went with the daily special, which was beef meatballs served with pasta in gravy! Sound weird, but it was actually really good. Dinner was only 32 euros, including beer and wine, and we were out of there within the hour.

As we were walking back, I felt a little energy coming back to me and asked Den if he wanted to go to the 8th and take some night pictures of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. It was such a beautiful night for a stroll, so we went back to the apartment to get our camera, hopped on the #69 bus (I just love this bus, I think first timers to Paris are better off taking this route, than a regular tour bus. The bus can bring you all the way from Pere Lachaisse through the Marais through the Louvre courtyard, past D'Orsay and Les Invalides and right in front of the Eiffel Tower, where we got off. We walked under the tower, the crowds were much less than the other day, but there was still lineups to get in. We walked across the bridge to the Trocadero again and Den took some pictures while I enjoyed a group of young guys playing some Arabic music on drums and some other instruments while people danced and enjoyed the show.

We walked down Avenue Kleber to the Arc, where my old legs barely made it up all those stairs (remember we did Montmartre this afternoon!). Den was in all his glory and we were up there until they threw us out, me resting and trying to get my breath back and Den snapping away.

We caught Eiffel in all her twinkling glory once we were back down and we walked a little bit down the Champs Elysees, enjoying the breeze and the throngs of people out for an evening stroll. We took the metro back to the apartment and just made it in when a thunderstorm rolled in and got rid of all the heat and humidity. Oh, I also witnessed a miracle on the Champs!! There was a gypsy woman all hunched over, barely able to straggle around, begging for coins. We saw her walking straight up with a group of friends a few minutes later in the metro!! Paris is so miraculous, anything can happen :)

We got up nice and early this morning, had a light breakfast of yogurt and strawberries and are ready for our cooking class with Daniel. It's much cooler today and the forecast is calling for rain, but since we will be inside most of the day, it doesn't matter. We will also try to find Denise D'Acabo's chocolate shop, A L'Etoile D'Or after our lesson since it is in the same area. Oh, and we want to hunt down some of that butter we had at dinner on Friday too! It's a food centered day today. Tata for now.........

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Terry Sylvester:

I thought everyday was a food day!!!!

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