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Trip Report Two femmes d'un certain age and their daughters take on Paris

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Five years ago, my sister-in-law and I decided when our daughters graduated from high school we would take them to Paris. That day arrived (sooner than imagined) and we were off. I travel to Paris almost annually and this trip marked my daughter's fifth visit, but it was the first trip to France for my sister-in-law and my niece. I kept an almost daily record of our trip on another social media site and am copying here for anyone interested in knowing what it's like to take two teenage girls to Paris (it is fabulous BTW).

Day 0/1 in Paris: Safe Landings and Ninja Cats

Day 0 (Travel Day): Left San Jose on time, landed in Chicago and headed to AA Admiral's Club for lunch (I bought a monthly membership for trip); hush came over entire lounge as news of plane crash at SFO spread. Imagine everyone felt as I did, grateful for safe flights behind us and hopeful for safe flights ahead.

J (sister-in-law) and M (niece) arrived from LA and we soon boarded plane to Paris. L (daughter) was looking for fuzzy socks and I asked flight attendant if I might purchase a first class amenity kit. Nice, nice lady gifted girls with kit as a graduation present: we were off to a good start (I love AA flight attendants). Despite much leg room in exit row (and yes, I was ready to open that door in case of emergency), very little sleep on way there thus arrived in France in zombie-like state.

Day 1: Despite zombie-like state was still able to converse in French with taxi driver during ride to Paris, which confirmed that the 5 years I spent getting that French degree not a total waste.

Arrived at apartment which was spectacular (link here:http://www.vrbo.com/422828). Because cleaners were still working we dropped bags, changed into sandals (hot in Paris) and headed to meet American friends at former favorite Café Central. Service was awful; was it because we were a large group of Americans or was the waiter incompetent, who knows but did eventually get much needed crèmes and the waiter avoided a shellacking from my friend (she does not suffer fools which is one of the many things I admire about her).

Back to apartment for nap (yes I know you're supposed to keep going but it wasn't possible for any of us). Took those wonderful first post-travel showers then dinner at 9:30 at great Café des Officiers just down avenue Duquesne (still light until 10:30 or so here). Off to walk around the Champs de Mars at dusk and to people watch. Sat on lawn next to woman with two cats on leashes; watched as she led them around the park to ninja leap on trees. Lady and cats also closely observed by a fascinated homeless man who perhaps, like us, wasn't quite sure what he was seeing.

Evening ended with sparkling light show of Eiffel Tower, right on cue at 11:00 pm. Perfect end to a beautiful first day in Paris.

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