Saturday, May 2, 2015
AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES
We walked around the corner and hailed a taxi cab that had a delightful driver named Frankie. We all talked non stop during the entire drive. He drove us right up the grand avenue to the top at the circle around the Arc de Triomphe. We took the requisite photos from there because of the stairs required to go over to the momument.
We stopped at several stores but the favorite for the boys was the Peugeot which had some great new cars for them to investigate. They would not allow the wheelchair inside so with the cane and Jim's assistance he managed to walk inside the store. They even purchased a toy model for Phil to take home as a souvenir. Notice in the photos the clothes that are being worn...pants are high water and very tight on the body. Women and girls mostly wear black tights and very short skirts over them.
When we reached the Tulleries; Jim left us and walked to the Petit Palais for an exhibit called the "Baroque Underworld Vice and Destitution In Rome in the Seventeenth Century". We hailed a taxi cab and headed back to the apartment. It was a fun two hours of walking the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Jim didn't enjoy the exhibit; in fact he said it was very depressing.
I made sure that Mary and Phil were settled in and then I caught bus # 29 to the Gare Lazare to purchase our tickets for the Tuesday trek. It was a fun bus trip past the Opera House and the department stores with their fabulous window decorations for spring! So many things to visit and so little time. I've been spoiled by longer visits in the past few years.
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