Rachel’s day

Rachel was still in bed when I walked into her room.  She announced that she wanted a croissant and egg.  I said, “You think you are a princess.”  She replied, “No, I’m a queen and this is my queendom.” Rachel did get a baguette and egg.

It was Rachel’s day, meaning that she could decide what we would do for the day.  She wanted to return books to the American Library and walk by the Eiffel Tower.  Walking by the Eiffel Tower, there were three armed guards.  I took a picture of Sarah, but intentionally had the guards in the shot too.  I wanted to have the soldiers in the picture because soldiers with automatic weapons are prevalent around tourist attractions.  On a side street near our apartment is meeting place for Orthodox Jews.

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  Landscaping with a palm tree with flowers blooming in March!

About half the time, there are three soldiers, two on one side of the street and one of the other side.  Their demeanor is very serious.  Back to the Eiffel Tower, right after I took the picture, one of the soldiers moved toward me briskly and wanted to see the camera.  I pointed to Sarah in the picture and he did not buy it.  Next step, I  deleted the picture.

 

Just to the left of the picture is the spot on the sidewalk that the soldier made me delete the picture.

Rachel is standing by a seat at the White Cafe.  The cafe is located between our apartment and the closest metro station. Hence, we pass by the cafe multiple times each day.  From the first time she saw the face chair, she wanted to eat there and sit in the chair.  Mission accomplished today. She had a mango smoothie that was outstanding.  Marcia and I split a chicken curry panini. Everyone was happy.

celery

Buying celery in Paris caused me to think, what would Parisians think when they come to the United States and see only half of the celery that they get at home?  We continue to marvel at the quality of the fruit.  Oranges from spain that consistently are among the juiciest we would get from Florida or California.  The apples from France are crisp and firm.  Unlike the price of meals and drinks in Pubs and restaurants, the price of fruits and vegetables is more consistent with what we are used to paying in the States.  In some cases, like tomatos and stop light peppers, they cost half what we would normally pay.

Disneyland Paris

In the spirit of the first day of spring break for the Monroe County Schools, we opted to use our metro passes to go to Disneyland.  Climbing the steps at the last stop on the line, Marne-la-Vallée, we were pleased to see  the facade of Disneyland.  This meant we did not need to emerge at the top of steps and figure out which direction to head. There was no question since there was a throng of Italians, Brits, Spanish, and Germans charging toward the entrance. There were significantly fewer French than we expected.  DSCN0771

Our first ride was on Space Mountain Mission 2.  It was much more aggressive of a roller coaster than we expected.  Marcia, Rachel, and Ella sworn off roller coasters for the day.  Sarah was the only to get through the ride unscathed.  Marcia said she had to sit down, Ella complained about her stomach, and Rachel said  her legs were wobbly, and it felt like her head went through a pinball machine and some punched her in the stomach.  Sarah’s comment on the ride was, “awesome.” That left me alone to ride ride the roller coaster, Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril, with Sarah. Here’s a link to someone’s else’s ride on Indiana Jones, http://www.tubechop.com/watch/7791461 .  The ride didn’t last much more than a minute but there was a fast 360 about two thirds along the way.  Maybe because it was short, I did not feel as disoriented after Indiana Jones. Sarah and I also did the fairly tame parachute drop.  DSCN0854

For Rachel, the highlight of the day was one souvenir shop after the next.  Disney certainly has mastered the art of selling souvenirs. Main Street was lined with shops.  They are deceptive because starting on Main Street, they appear to be attractions.  Not so, once you enter the themed trinkets fill a series of displays.  The full price range from a few euros to hundreds of euros, was available for purchase.  Once you emerge from the park, you would think you have escaped the shops.  Again, not so.  The Ultimate Disney Experience awaits.  Rachel’s eyes lit up and we went right in.

As fans of the Pixar movie, Cars, we enjoyed checking out the following.

We were exhausted after a day of walking around.  Marcia’s step counter registered 21,298.  When Marcia, Ella and Rachel returned to the apartment, Sarah and I searched for a place to buy a baguette for our 9 PM dinner.  After three stops we decided that buying a baguette at that time of the evening was going to work.  We settled for salad fixing and two boxes of cereal.  That meant 22,918 steps, 8.84 miles.