Our first day in Paris was exciting and discombobulated too. We had arranged to meet Kelsey, my daughter who has been here studying for the last 3 weeks, at 3:00 pm at the L'Ouvre. Bob and I dutifully left the hotel at 2:30 thinking that would be plenty of time to get where we had to go. Oh but did we mention the Tour de France (www.tourdefrance.com) was finishing today and that the entire route from our hotel to the L'Ouvre was closed to traffic for the cycling phenoms? How frustrating was it then to learn that Kelsey was on one side of the Champs Elysees right across from us and we were on the other? You got it! There were screaming fans everywhere and us trying to work out how to go across the street with jet lagged befuddled brains.
Finally we managed to work our way through the huge crowds and mania that is the Tour and find my Kelsey standing there as if she had lived in Paris all her life complete with Breton stripes on. We did our usual mother daughter canoodling and catching up on details and then went in search of a cafe where we could talk quietly. Bob was happy to find a chair and dig into "un sandwich de jambon." Kels and I had a lovely fluffy omelet.
I am impressed with Kelsey's knowledge of the city after only 3 weeks. She even managed to put us on the subway and get us home without getting lost. Tomorrow we will meet for dinner after her classes and after Bob and I have explored le Musee D'Orsay, rue St. Honore and rue St. Germain.
For now it is off to bed!