Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday 3/11/12: Evening @ l'Arc de Triomphe and walk

Before dark, we walked about halfway to the Arc de Triomphe, and then took the bus the rest of the  way.  The weather was very clear and the views were spectacular in all directions.  When we got there, there was a ceremony of a military family laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with a military band playing, which we observed for a while.  Then we climbed the stairs.  We reached the top just barely in time to watch the sun disappear over the horizon.

Later, we took a walk around the Marais and ate falafel and shawerma at Mi Va Mi, which is across the street from the apparently more famous l'As du Fallafel, whose line was long, whereas Mi Va Mi had no line.  Most people seem to take falafel to go, which is definitely cheaper, but we needed a rest and were cold, so we splurged and ate in the restaurant.  I'm not sure why the place across the street had a line that was so much longer, because Mi Va Mi's falafel was fantastic, as good as any I have ever eaten.  Service was very good also.  1 falafel sandwich, 1 shawarma sandwich, a plate of fries to share, and tap water came to about 22 euros.  (would have been about 8 euros less if we had taken it to go)

Then walked around the Ile de Paris to see Notre Dame, and Ile de Saint Michel.  We didn’t have enough change to buy metro tickets so we stopped in a caf√© for hot cocoa mainly to get change, but it turned out to be delicious. (the hot cocoa that is)

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