Friday, June 21, 2013

June 21, Day 14: Our Last Day

We had a busy day, but unfortunately I did not have my camera with me--a happy accident; because I lost the bag I usually carry it in! In the morning we went to visit Vincent's father, who was supposed to be with us yesterday but has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks; he was just transferred yesterday to a rehab place in Issy-les-Moulineaux, just to the south of Paris. It was a treat to see him; he and his dear wife were like parents to me when I lived here in the 1970s.

Then we metro'd up to the 5ème arrondissement (the "Latin Quarter"), where we visited the Arènes de Lutece, the Eglise Saint-Etienne du Mont in my old neighborhood, and the Deportation Memorial behind Notre Dame (which was closed when we tried to visit it on Day 1). We drank in the narrow streets of the neighborhood, crossed the Île de le Cité where a free concert was being set up in front of Notre Dame (but we did not have time to stay and listen) and caught the RER at the Place du Châtelet.

Tonight, a last dinner with Brigitte, Jean-Marc, Cécile, and Raphaêl.
à table

Raphaêl eyeing le gateau

The other desserts were healthy!

Ca y est! Time for bed; we are getting up at 6 A.M. tomorrow to go to the airport. Our flight leaves at 10:30; we hope to be home by 3:00 P.M. Thanks to Carmen for picking us up at IAD! Thanks to Brigitte and Jean-Marc for being the best hosts we could ask for! Thanks to everyone for the kindness they have shown us during this visit! Thanks to everyone who read the blog, too. À bientôt!

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