Sebastien and the boys walked up to the lower platform of the Eiffel Tower. It was a hike.
Tower maintenance. Somebody had to do it:
Gorgeous views and a good workout for Sebastien, Calvin and Sascha. When Seb and I visited Paris, we didn't climb up the tower (we did climb to the top of the Cathedral at Chartres though). It was too crowded and the young men with machine guns made me a little nervous.
Mat, Elizabeth and Sascha checking into a hotel in Paris. This might have been the Pullman. Seb and Calvin's room below:
Sebastien is so good about taking photos while he is on a trip. Next week he'll be taking photos in Italy and next month it will be Brazil. I have no idea who took the photo below:
I don't think that he normally takes bathroom pics, but he took a lot this time. I even have photos of French toilets. We have three bathrooms in our new house that need work, and are constantly looking for ideas.
Another Parisian hotel room. Apparently, Seb's nighttime noise didn't bother Calvin at all.
This hotel was on the outskirts of Paris. There was a community center right there with activities and food. Checking out in the morning:
When they headed south (and east?) to see the family, Calvin's sleeping arrangements changed slightly. He and Sascha spent a night out in the tent, a night that wasn't very restful for Calvin.
Seb's room in his parents' mansion. Yep, it really is a mansion.
A swiss bathroom:
Hotel room in Geneva (with WiFi?):
They were right on the water in Geneva, and crossed over to eat dinner.
I love the churches in France. Above is one that they just stopped into. Below is Notre Dame. I love Notre Dame. They didn't go in. It was terribly crowded. I could spend all day there, crowds or not. Sascha, Matt and Elizabeth:
The last church that they stepped into, later on the trip, was in the town where Seb's parents live. Seb's mother was displaying some of her artwork on one side of the church:
While Seb's brother Nick was displaying on the other side:
A train station. Paris has many lovely ones: Boat ride on the Seine. They did this twice, and Calvin managed to stay awake once: Supposedly one can rent these using a credit card, but Seb and company couldn't get it to work: Many of the bridges on the Seine are beautiful: A rental car, a big field and a willing uncle. Sounds like a perfect time for a novice driver to learn to drive a standard. When Calvin was two, he was obsessed with trains. His favorite was the TGV, the French high speed train. He loved them. Fourteen years later, he finally got to ride on one. He doesn't like them so much anymore. Video games are much more interesting. Seb enjoying another beer in another country. This is a popular French beer. Stella Artois is also a popular draft beer in France. Beer in bottles and cans is not as common in France as it is here. Calvin enjoying water and The Scarlet Letter (school summer reading) on the TGV to Geneva. A car accident in Geneva with a Jaguar and a Maserati. Calvin insists that he had nothing to do with it.
The food in Paris was great, but expensive. Seb will be happy to tell you about the lunch for five that cost him $225. He says that is normal. Did I mention that I got a deck of cards from this trip?
Seb's lentil and smoked salmon salad: A plate containing ham, pate, cheeses, egg and salad: Matt's steak with cheese, salad, cheese...I think that's an egg that he's cutting: Another salad with ham and cheese, maybe Calvin's: Steak (skinny, pan-fried meat) and fries and mustard sauce: Seb, Calvin, Sascha and Matt: Seb's tomato salad with parmasan, fresh mozzarella, basil and pine nuts: Something with fries. This is Calvin's food, and I can't identify it. It's not eggs, nor strawberries, nor mushrooms: ***It's a croque monsieur. There is bread with meat, usually ham, and then cheese on top. It's broiled to melt and brown the cheese. The croque monsieur and the steak frites (frequently made with horse meat) were the two cheap meals that Seb would buy when he lived in France: Elizabeth's omelet and fries: Sascha's. Another meat/cheese/salad plate: Elizabeth, Seb, Calvin and Sascha. The yellow box on the street is a mailbox: Sascha's bone marrow that he ordered but didn't eat: The last photo is a dinner photo. They were staying on the edge of Paris, and it was more casual. There was a large community center. The pool (which had a zip line) is right behind them.