With a full night’s sleep behind us, we were ready to see the town. We had purchased tickets for the hop on hop off (hoho) bus and used that bus to get us around town during most of our Paris stay and in some other cities during our trip. The weather was clear and beautiful and the top deck of the bus was packed with other tourists, but this proved to be a most delightful way to enjoy the sights. Hoho buses are equipped with earphones and recorded commentary in 8 languages to we learned as we watched.
We passed Notre Dame again with a slightly different view from that enjoyed the previous day, and then along the Seine as we headed for the Louvre. We then drove along the Champs Elysees, past the Arc de Triomphe, and finally exited the bus near the Trocadero, where we enjoyed a most wonderful lunch followed by the famous Parisian macarons. I had not expected these macarons to be anything special but I was wrong; they were maybe the best thing I have ever tasted, creamy and full of wonder.
After lunch we walked through the Jardins du Trocadero for the best view of the Eiffel Tower and met up with our tour group to go up in the tower. The views from above delivered a panoramic view of all Paris. From there I was able to calculate where we would go the next day. After a long day we skipped the bus and hired a taxi, the quickest way back to our hotel.
After a nice dinner we took back to the streets to view some of the famous Parisian nightlife and hunt for bread, cheese, and a bottle of wine. (Yes, the French Brie was the best I ever tasted). After we had explored for a couple more hours, and after getting lost several times, we finally arrived back home, had a nightcap and hors d’oeuvres and retired after setting the alarm for early the next morning; we didn’t want to waste any time getting back into “explorer mode”.