21 July 2016 : Yesterday’s Day Trip to Paris

So part of the overall plan for this vacation to France this year involves multiple phases, including bookend phases in London (we flew to London nearly two weeks ago and we fly back to London in just over a week). The first phase in France was our first AirBnB in Nantes which wrapped up last Friday. Our second phase was with the Boudeaus from Friday until Tuesday, and involved some wonderful day trips. We are in our third phase in France which is being in Normandy at the incredible home of Bernard’s parents. I uploaded several pictures about this home two years ago. Take a peak.

Part of this third phase includes a day trip to Paris with Bernard and Christine. Celeste was also with us for most of the day, too. It’s about a two hour drive each way from the Bertail home in Normandy to Paris. Bernard did all the driving, including through the streets of Paris, something that deserves multiple blog entries all by itself. Included below are a series of photos I took in Paris yesterday. I’ve captioned them to add some detail.

By the way, the fourth and final phase of this year’s trip to France begins tomorrow with our return to Nantes and checking in to our second AirBnB home. I’m sure I’ll have a lot of information in the upcoming days about phase four. For now, enjoy these selected highlights from many options from our day in Paris.

To prove we came by car to Paris, I offer this photo that I took out the passenger side window of the side mirror.  Yes, that's the Arc de Triomphe. Yes, we are driving on the Champs-Elysees.

To prove we came by car to Paris, I offer this photo that I took out the passenger side window of the side mirror. Yes, that’s the Arc de Triomphe. Yes, we are driving on the Champs-Elysees.

Bernard explained to us how parts of the riverside in Paris are turned into "beaches" in the summer. What we didn't expect to find along one of these beaches was an outdoor bar that served Corona and gave you a hat when you bought one. I think the excitement was a little too much for Bernard.

Bernard explained to us how parts of the riverside in Paris are turned into “beaches” in the summer. What we didn’t expect to find along one of these beaches was an outdoor bar that served Corona and gave you a hat when you bought one. I think the excitement was a little too much for Bernard.

You decide if this is surprising or not. Melinda discovered a place that let her check out a paddle board for free. So there she is, in a dress, on a paddle board in Paris. She even talked Christine, Bernard, and Celeste to go with her. In fact, that's Celeste in the background in the upper left.

You decide if this is surprising or not. Melinda discovered a place that let her check out a paddle board for free. So there she is, in a dress, on a paddle board in Paris. She even talked Christine, Bernard, and Celeste to go with her. In fact, that’s Celeste in the background in the upper left.

Unfortunately, Bernard fell in and then had to borrow dry clothes from me.

Unfortunately, Bernard fell in and then had to borrow dry clothes from me.

The "star raft."

The “star raft.”

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