Seizing their opportunity away from parents, students chose to get high a second time today over the eternal flame. The view from the Arc de Triomphe was surprisingly spectacular. At the intersection of 12 streets stands this Napoleonic monument, below which is the tomb of the unknown soldier, a WWI soldier. We decided to visit this monument after dinner instead of shopping on the Champs l'Elyssees, and after climbing 287 steps we were treated to quite a sight. Lights from the cars travelling up and down the streets wove an ever changing tapestry of light, and 5 minutes later the Eiffel Tower lit up and sparkled like moonlight on the ocean.
I said this was the second time they got high, because for sheer height the Eiffel tower trumps the Arc de Triomphe. The third observation deck, the choice of most students, stands 276 m high, a height from which you can see the whole of Paris on a clear day. We didn't see the whole of Paris, but we had a good time anyway.
The day started with a trip to a local market. Market means several blocks of shops on a skinny street where trucks stop to unload their wares and any driver caught behind the truck has no choice but to wait. Students observed how the locals shop, and did some shopping themselves. Then it was off to the Musee D'Orsay, home of paintings by Pablo Picasso, Degas, Monet, Mannet, and many others. It left a real "impression" on the students. From there we finished our day as previously described.
If you havent heard, students are happy and healthy and we definitely did not lose any of them today. I was told to tell you that latter part by them. They are becoming very good at catching trains and only a couple of 3 day passes have been lost, almost lost, or mutilated. FYI. Wallets make a great gift for male students. Simple ones with a few slots for things like student cards or Metro tickets. But they have to come with a training manual and lessons to reinforce their usefulness. Just a friendly birthday/Christmas idea.
Tomorrow we have a full day and sleep is paramount in order to enjoy it fully. We bid you adieu and will be in touch tomorrow.