We had a slightly slower day today. The first half was spent driving back to Paris. We got in around 1 pm and picked up our local guide at 2 pm.
Our first and, as it turned out, our only stop was Les Invalides, the site of the French army museum and Napoleon’s tomb.
Our guide seemed overly interested in impressing us with the grandeur of Napoleon and Charles de Gaulle, which created some friction between the group and the guide. Eventually, he guided us to the World War II section.
We spent about an hour there, and then Dan, Ron, Birdie and I split off from the rest of the group. We walked north across the Seine, by the Palais Royal exhibition hall to the Champs Elysee.
We walked up the boulevard to the Arc d’ Triomphe, and then did a little shopping in some of the shops. We thought about climbing to the top of the Arc, but none of us had any legs left.
We decided to head back to our hotel to have dinner. It was probably a mistake. Our hotel is in a business district, and the only restaurant open on a Sunday night (aside from the hotel restaurant) was an overworked pizza place next door.
One nice thing happened. After dinner, we were standing on the sidewalk talking with Steve (the military guide). The restaurant owner came out and offered us all a shot of calavados if we would go and sit in his outdoor dining section.
“It’s good for my business.”
So we did, for awhile.
Tomorrow, we visit the Eiffel Tower and then drive to Arnhem, Netherlands.