Today is Monday and our last day in Paris. Everyone was well rested after having a quiet day yesterday. Today is Bastille Day! Our hotel is very close to the Champs Élysées so we wandered out to have a look at the Bastille Day Parade. There were lots of people and lots of military. It seems the French wanted to show off their military vehicles and aircraft. There were fly overs all morning. One fly over had smoke coming from the planes in formation that formed the French Flag.
Although it was interesting watching parts of the parade we also wanted to make the most of our last day. We walked from our hotel to the Conciergerie which took us three hours and although slow we all enjoyed the walk and the galleries we walked past . The Conciergerie was a palace originally but converted into a jail during the French revolution and was the place Marie Antoinette was kept before she was executed. It was hard to imagine cutting off a Queen’s head.
After visiting the Conciergerie it was time to go back to the hotel and get ready for another trip to the airport with the children. We again gave ourselves a lot of time and we were ready for a fight. David was very prepared and had worked very hard to ensure our children would be allowed to travel. They were allowed on the plane this time ( not without a few terse words!). I am very proud of the way the children behaved during this whole time and I am very relieved that they are now safely home in the Gap with very very relieved grandparents.
Once we had confirmation from Nicholas that they were all sitting safely on the plane David and I made our way to the Moulin Rouge. We were not quite sure if we would make it on time. We did and it was a very fun night. The show was amazing and our meal was very delicious. We sat with four Aussies who were on holidays for 15 weeks! They were staying in accomodation that was $23 per night. I am sure whoever is going to pay for the stuff up with the children’s flights wished we were staying in accomodation worth $23 / night!!