The last time I was in Paris, I throughly enjoyed eating croissants and drinking Americano coffees. I was in the mood for reliving that experience and so I planned the outing to satisfy that desire.

Unfortunately, we could not find Rue Washington was we walked along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Instead we gave up and ate at a bakery by the name of Paul.

There was a small line as we walked inside of Paul. The croissants, pastries and the sandwiches looked appealing. I ordered a single croissant and a large Americano. The croissant was not the best I’ve ever had, but it was very good. The coffee was excellent.

It was a beautiful day in Paris. It was sunny, the sky was blue with a few puffy clouds. The temperature was a bit cool, but certainly bearable. We boarded the Hop on Hop Off bus at the Arc de Triomphe stop and grabbed seats on the top deck so that we had an unobstructed view for taking pictures.

We drove along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and made our way east and then south over the Seine River. The Rodin Museum is dedicated to the works of the French sculptor August Rodin.

This is one of the golden statues on The Pont Alexandre III bridge and this is a panoramic view of the Seine from the bridge.

We briefly stopped on the west side of the Eiffel Tower, drove beneath it and stopped on the east side. You can see the difference sunlight has on the Eiffel Tower.

Other points of interest include Les Invalided (where Napoleon is entombed) and the Place de la Concorde.

We met up with a cousin of my wife’s that happens to have a home in Paris. She took us to a delightful outdoor cafe in Le Mariais (4th arrondissement). There we quickly caught up because she could only spend a few hours with us.

Rather than walking back, we caught a taxi nearby. The taxi drove his vehicle like Luke Skywalker flew his X-Wing Fighter. Unfortunately, the Force wasn’t with him today as another vehicle got in his path at the traffic circle at the Place de la Concorde. Another vehicle made a sharp turn into our path and our taxi driver plowed into her. Fortunately, none of us were hurt.




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