14.08.10 – Wow, a full day in Paris and we definitely made the rounds. Kim and I started off the day heading to the Cimetière Du Père-Lachaise which is within walking distance from the apartment we’re staying at on Rue De Charonne. Maybe you’ve heard of the cemetery? It’s the one with Jim Morrisson buried in it. We had a quiet, solitary walk thru graves dating back to the 1800s on over 109 acres but it wasn’t long before we felt like we were in the Amazing Race as we ran into 2, then 5 and then 10 people asking the same question, “Where is Jim Morrison’s grave?” By group effort we found it ;)
Kim and I regrouped with Emma, Nicole and Cici and quickly came up with a plan for the day, Eiffel Tower to Arc de Triumphe to Champs-Elysées to Musée d’Orsay. Ambitious, non? The plan looked good on paper because the distance was a bit long but there were great spots to stop all along the way but I forgot I was travelling with 4 “girls.” We made good progress from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triumph but once we hit the Champs-Elysées things ground to a halt. I assumed the role of pack mule as I waited outside stores with more and more bags as the girls shopped. At one point I considered calling in Police Nationale and when Kim went to pay, use a bullhorn to call in “Kim, step away from the card, we have the place surrounded!” Everyone had a great time, even Kim who picked up gifts for everyone. Emma and Nicole scored big time.
I headed back to the apartment with a load of purchases to drop off and then made my way back to the girls. I decided to do some shopping myself. I was looking for 2 iPads, one for me and Max, and I found them the day before but I couldn’t use my card because it wasn’t a Euro version with a chip. Kim headed over earlier to try her Amex but had to revert to cash and could only get one. I headed over to the Mac Store at the Louvre which was a mile or two away, yet another plan that looked good on paper. It took almost an hour to get to the neighborhood and that was the easy part. I almost gave up because I needed to be back in less than 30 minutes and I still hadn’t found the Carrousel du Louvre, the shopping center the Apple Store was in. With less than 15 minutes left, I found it, walked in the store and picked up number two iPad! The Metro was right outside the Carrousel so I made it back and I was only a couple of minutes late ;)
Needless to say, we all slept well.