We planned our last day carefully as we wanted to keep the boys out late and not wear
them down running about the city and walking vast kilometers, as we are wont to do.
We carefully packed up our little apartment and the boys watched "Ratatouille" on DVD.
We don't take restful holidays, so this felt a little odd. But our eye was on the prize -
the afternoon and evening at the Eiffel Tower!
At last the hour did fall and we set off out into the late afternoon for our last walk
around the city.
We browsed street stalls and breathed in the atmosphere as we made our way to the
batobus ( rivertaxi ) to take us to our destination.
As to be expected, the lines were huge and one of the lifts was out of order.
We've been up before and to be honest, the boys didn't care .. after a quiet day,
they were content to run around on the grass underneath and play tiggy.
Neither AB or I wanted to contend with meltdowns or demands for piggybacks climbing a tower.
We try to keep our vacations full of good memories, not of tantrums.
See also: not silly :p
So we just chilled on the grass along with everybody else.
Enterprising young men would come by with cold champagne in their backpacks,
bought from some local boozer for €5 and would sell them for €20.
To be honest, it was a good little earner, and although we declined, we wished them well :)
After the kids had got grass stains all over themselves and we got bored of sitting,
we moved on to the carousel.
The kids were having a blast :)
Eventually it started to get darker. It was a beautiful balmy evening -
it really couldn't have been more perfect for our last night.
As it got darker, brides started arriving on the scene to be photographed with the
Eiffel backgroup, or to be photographed riding on the carousel. Some had hired
professional photographers, but one couple I watched, although dressed beautifully,
seemed to be capturing their wedding day on his smartphone?
Which of course meant he really wasn't in the pictures.
They both seemed very happy though, and who knows, maybe it was a fashion/
photography assignment for Uni .. but still, it amused me a little :)
All good things must come to an end, however, and by now the boys were getting tired.
We started walking back to the train station and admired the moon and the tower
by night - so very gorgeous:
And then we went home to bed, full of mixed emotion.
We had the countryside ahead of us, but such an amazing time in the city we were leaving behind.
We'd done so much! We'd done so little!
Goodnight Paris! x
More Paris/France posts from our holiday here:
The Arts et Métiers Train Station
Les Marchés de la France
The Cafe de la Prominade
Our Paris Apartment
Les Averries :: Our Country House in France
I Heart Versailles