À Bientôt, Paris!

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Our last days in Paris were a little more laid back than early in the week.  We had checked most of the things we wanted to do and see off of our list (of course there will always be plenty more for future trips) and we were tired.  Friday lunch, we headed out for some comfort food — Chipotle — and then went to the Rodin Museum.  We didn’t go in the museum, but instead wandered their gorgeous gardens.  After Sainte-Chapelle, it ended up being one of my favorite things to do in Paris.

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We enjoyed basking in the autumn light and watching the leaves fall all around us.  In addition, the garden is full of full-sized casts of Rodin’s work, so we explored some of the gorgeous art.   I loved the “Burghers of Calais,” which is filled with such emotion.

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Many of Rodin’s works are nudes, which show of the beauty of the human form (and Rodin’s mastery of the art), so Molly enjoyed some more backsides.

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That evening, we went to the rekindling of the eternal flame over the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at the Arc de Triomphe.  They’ve rekindled this flame nightly for 91 years.  We think there must have been a special ceremony have been a special ceremony in honor of Remembrance Day (11/11) that evening because there appeared to be a number of dignitaries and journalists around. It was fascinating to watch.

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Saturday morning before our train left, we headed to Parc Monceau, one of our favorite things from our last trip.  The girls rode the carousel and ponies, and we watched joggers and families enjoying the sunshine in a beautiful place.  It was a perfect end to our wonderful week.

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