From Fontanbleau, we drove to our final destination Paris, France. In Paris, we rented a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment for the final two weeks of our trip. The apartment was located on Rue de Cherche du Midi and Boulevard Montparnasse. This was a great location near shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife. The apartment had a very modern kitchen, living room, dining room, two bedrooms and two baths. We must have said to each other at least 100 times that we could not believe the apartment had two bathrooms but only one toilet. Which would mean that all your guests would have to walk through your master bedroom to use the toilet. Weird, we thought.
We did not find the second water closet or toilet for a whole week! We were having toilet issues, (since the only toilet, or so we thought, had a motor in it) and the motor quit working when you pushed the button. Yes, most Europeans push a button to flush. LOL! So we called for a repair and lo and behold, they wanted to know which toilet it was???? Well, behind door number 3 in the foyer….. another water closet!! Yeah!!
To start off the final 14 days properly, we took a bateau mouche riverboat cruise on the Seine at night and got to see all the Paris monuments from the river. Of course, the monuments were illuminated since it was evening and the lights were beautiful, especially Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Our days in Paris went very quickly. We took two more French cooking classes. We learned to de-bone an entire chicken, but the French way, which is different than the American way. We also learned to cook a contemporary French meal. Besides walking a lot and eating a lot, we did manage to visit the re-opening of the Picasso Museum, which had been closed for 5 years for refurbishing.
We also visited the Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum on its opening day. It was designed by the great contemporary architect, Frank Gehry.
We tried to get tickets to the BNP Paribis Masters tennis matches, but they were all sold out, so we tried our French language skills at a local ticket broker, and luckily, we were able to snag the last two tickets to the Wednesday matinee tennis matches, which included Andy Murray and Roger Federer.
Of course, we revisited the Desmadryl family for a going away dinner. And, finally, we had our final meal in Paris on the Eiffel Tower. That was a very full two weeks of Paris at its best! Now you know why we need time to rest and recuperate.