We always have a few little mishaps/adventures. Just copied a one day from my travel journal to Paris.
Friday October 20, 2017
Get up, we’re going on a bike tour of Paris!
Before we head out for the day we grab a quick breakfast at the hotel. When I booked our room it also included breakfast everyday. The breakfast room is in a stone cave like room and decorated very Parisian Chic. The breakfast includes: scrambled eggs, cold cuts, croissants, toast, cereal, jam, juice, & coffee. The coffeemaker is a little intimidating. It does more than just make “coffee”.
Ever since I was a little girl, I loved riding a bike. So big daddy has agreed to appease my fantasy of riding around Paris on a bicycle. So, I have booked us on the “Paris Charms & Secrets” 4 hour morning Bike Tour.
We have decided to take a taxi to our tour meeting point. We don’t want to be late since we will be charged even if we do not show up. The meeting point is “Place Vendome”.
This area has some of the most expensive real estate in all of Paris. Just a mere 15,798€ per square meter. No wonder the taxi driver started laughed when big daddy said I should feel right at home here.
Our tour guide,Fabian, is fantastic. He made everyone feel right at home. Funny thing, he looked right at big daddy when he asked if everyone had a least been on a bike in the last 3 months! Now mind you, the last time big daddy was on a bike things didn’t go so well. I can still hear his famous last words, “Here we go!”. Next thing I knew, big daddy was crashing to the ground. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. He had tried to takeoff and didn’t realize his handlebars were turned backwards!
Fabian led us to a parking garage and we were given quick instructions on how to operate our e-bikes. When you 1st take off, the e-bike is a little speedy and Big daddy about crashed before he ever got out of the parking garage.
I’m sure I scared a few pedestrians that I barely missed, but I did yell out, “Sorry, excusee moi!” Before long we are zooming down the street and weaving in and out of traffic.
We even survived biking the famous Arc de Triomphe roundabout! Google it, lol
At one point, I missed big daddy. When I looked back I saw the police had him pulled over. He told me they were speaking French and he couldn’t understand a thing they were saying. So he just shrugged his shoulders and finally the driver leaned over and in plain English said “Just keep to the right.”
Today we covered a lot of ground in 4 1/2 hours. We stopped at a patisserie where they spoke no English but my sign language worked fine. We saw and heard so many amazing stories. Standing in the same place where the 1st page of the Declaration of Independence was written is mind blowing. But seeing and reading the tear stained letter Marie Antoinette wrote before her death was heart wrenching. The pain and agony she must must felt leaving her children was unthinkable.
We are having so much fun that we didn’t even realize our tour had lasted 4 1/2 hours. Hands down it is one of the best things we have ever done. It will definitely be one of our most memorable and talked about experiences. It was well worth 98€ total for 2 people.
After. the tour was over we decide to walk to “Angelina”. Angelina is a famous tea house located at 226 Rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Angelina is known primarily for its almost pudding-like hot chocolate (chocolat l'africain) and for its Mont Blanc dessert.
When we arrive, there is a line but it moves quickly. Much to my disappointment, it’s to early for “Afternoon Tea”. So, I settle for macaroons and there infamous hot chocolate. Big daddy is having hot tea and “Coupe Rivoli”. Which is a fancy ice cream sundae. After all, we have calories to burn after our bike ride.