Eric and I took an early morning walk to the UNESCO building for his presentation. When we passed by Trocadero, they were still trimming the verge and cleaning the algae off the bottom of the fountain. (See the photos I sent from Wednesday). It was obviously not a simple taskt --a two day job.
Wow, you wonder how much time and effort it takes to keep all of the Paris Parks looking ship-shape.
We were temporarily detained at the Eiffel Tower as they were doing a film shoot for Taxi 5 along the roads in front of the Tower.
Eric's presentation went well and afterwords, we had a chance to view the UNESCO buildings from the top floor. Feels a bit like a communist era building, with very strange subterranean gardens. Not exactly a beautiful building, but functional. At least the art work inside is interesting and beautiful and reflects their desire to bring together the people of the world through education and history. There is an interesting piece of Indigenous Art from Canada in the room where ERic spoke. I'll try to post it on Facebook.
Eric spent the afternoon at the conference, while I went home to take the kids to the Louvre and Tuileries. The teenagers wanted to go inside the Louvre, which was the last place Hebe wanted to go.
While they headed there to explore, Hebe and I went to the Tuileries gardens to play. She spent one hour on the playground equipment, then wanted to go and see the carnival rides. She checked out every single one, commenting on whether or not she could do it (too scary, for babies, too wet, etc), before deciding on this obstacle course adventure called Crazy Space.
|... Crazy Space ...|
Here is Hebe's assessment of the ride.
That means a lot since her usual response to most things is two thumbs down. I guess there is still room for improvement since it only got one thumb up.
After about a 15 min rest, a well dressed waiter came over to announce that the cafe was closed, but would reopen in 30 minutes. He could serve us at that time. CODE FOR: get out of here. These chairs belong to someone else. You aren't allowed to sit in these seats. Although quite frankly there was no sign indicating the chairs belonged to anyone. They appeared to be "public". Oh well. We all obliged him and Eric encouraged him by indicating how very generous the french people were. (I however was thinking how absolutely crazy it was that we were not allow us to sit in empty chairs when no one was around.)
We have had a lot of problems with chairs throughout Paris. We were told off by some police officers in the Jardins de Luxembourg for moving public chairs into the shade - they had to stay along the edges of the garden only. Were were also told yesterday by the police to take our feet off the opposite chair while riding the train. I guess we haven't learned the rules of chairs in France, because there clearly are some and we are not yet educated on this matter.
BUT NO, this is a real photo!
As if Hebe hadn't had her fill of birds today, a lonely pigeon flew by at Notre Dame
and landed right on top of Hebe's head for a quick rest.
This made us all laugh.