14. And We Head Home…

I should have seen the danger signs – it wasn’t so much a breakfast – it was carbo-loading!  It was our last day in Paris – and he said, “I feel like walking today Dad…”  When Carla left we had moved our hotel into Central Paris at Saint Augustin – so this morning we took a Metro from there to Montparnasse – and we walked – and bloody walked!

We spent some time in the Montparnasse markets – we knew it well by now.  He bought a new suitcase – thankfully on wheels… through the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Palais, past the Sorbonne and the Marie Curie Museum, through Saint Germain to the Ile de la Cite.  Around Notre Dame to the Left Bank (we knew several restaurants for lunch) and then got on a River Cruise…

We disembarked the cruise boat at the Eiffel Tower, crossed the bridge and climbed the Palais de Chaillot steps to the Trocadero.  All the way up Avenue Kleber to the Arc de Triomphe – right into the Champs Elysees – all the way down to the Rond-Point – then left into Av. Martignon – right into Boulevarde des Capucines – around Place de l’Opera to Galleries LaFayette.  Now HE wants to go shopping!  Then back down Haussmann to Saint Augustin – and the hotel… 

I know the map’s a bit small – but you’ll get the idea!

The last photo taken in Paris – and quite appropriate…

An early departure for the airport – we ignored the Peripherique and took one last drive through the city – and a lap of honour around Place Charles de Gaulle – picked up the Peripherique at Port Maillot – and headed for Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Turned in the Rental Car – checked the luggage at BA – and went straight to check-in.  Short flight to Heathrow – 2 hour transit in Terminal 4 – and then boarded an Emirates flight to Dubai (3 hours transit) and Singapore.  Another 2 hours transit before boarding a Qantas flight to Melbourne – overnight at the Airport Hilton – and an early morning departure for Brisbane.  We’ve had better (and more direct) flights – but for a high-season medi-vac – it was OK! 


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