Saturday, March 23, 2013

This is a Public Service Announcement...

When you are using google maps and are planning on walking. Do click on the icon of the little man walking to change it from the driving instructions. Otherwise one may find oneself (and ones children) walking for a very long time.

Yep. 16 minutes was the time given for getting to the Arc De Triumph. And I actually thought it sounded a bit short, but not by too much since to walk to the Tulleries is only about 10. Oh dear me! So it is all up hill. It took over an hour to get there. We left home around 1pm, and got home at 5:30. The line up for walking to the top of the Arc was quite lenghty so we all decided against that, I'm sure that the tingling of wee feet had a lot to do with that decision.

History lesson on WW1 and such. We stood back and looked up at the huge massive stone structure and I remarked "wasn't the walk worth it children" a chorus of "no"s was the response. Utter Mother Fail!

We agreed that the way home would be by Metro and we needed to get onto it at Franklin Roosevelt. So Monkey kept repeating that over and over again as we marched downhill on the Champs Elysee. Well, we couldn't see it. Walked around and around, got out the map and looked like lost tourists - which we sort of were....and then Magoo noticed some construction. My heart felt as if it dropped to the ground. No way!

Yes way. The entrance to the Metro that we needed was under construction, with no other way in. I expected 3 monkeys collapsing into a soggy mess of wailing. But they proved me wrong again and after mention of a trip to the bakery on our way home we sallied forth.

We had left the apartment at 1pm. We got home at 5:30. But with giant Macaroons :-) Chocolate for the monkeys, raspberry for Mummy. At 2,80EU a piece they were a bit of a ripoff, but by that time I really didn't care! With sausage strapped to me and Monkey in the stroller that sugar rush helped us get home in one piece :-) Though mine was too sweet. Monkey admitted she didn't really like hers but ate it so it wasn't a waste - argh. The crumb of chocolate Mummy got has convinced me to get that kind next time, or maybe lemon, or maybe both!

Needless to say we all slept well last night. Today we have been enjoying a lazy Saturday morning, with a trip to the Bakery for our daily baguette, only to discover that they are closed on le weekend. So the grocery store saved us again. Hot lunch of rice noodles with veggies & chocolate pudding for dessert was yummy, and we are actually getting used to eating our hot meal in the middle of the day.

Sausage did NOT want to go for her nap this morning, and managed to scream for the better part of an hour, but she is sawing logs and has been for a while. When she gets up we will be heading out for an adventure on the River :-) Until latter,

Bon Weekend!

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