Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The Chickens Come Home To Roost
So I have been remarkably upbeat about how things are going smoothly and how the boys have been adjusting so well. Today - not so much. I think the time change and the walking around Paris finally caught up with them; they were definitely out of sorts. Despite that fact, we still managed to do some things even though it was really hot. We went to the Arc de Triomphe first thing in the morning (which nowadays means 10 am by the time we get out of the apartment). Took that in for a while and then walked down the Champs Elysees. The Arc was very impressive; the Champs Elysses - not so much. Luckily the walk was all down hill as Berkley was dragging (and complaining) the whole time, and Quin was not much better. We headed back to the apartment for lunch and some much needed downtime.
We decided to head out after break time for a Seine boat tour (hey - we are tourists). After a great deal of frustration in printing out our internet tickets (had to be done - we saved 5E per adult and 2E per child - 14E total, close to 1/3 off - by booking on the internet), we headed over. We were roasting on the top, so we headed underneath to cool off, but missed all the commentary. All in all, the boys weren't that into it which is ironic since they were the ones who really wanted to do the boat tour when we mentioned it- should have known better. It's really a fine line to walk between letting them make decisions that you know they won't like in the end and imposing your own opinions on them. Went the wrong way this time!
On the walk home (which included a brief stop at the free public misters - BRILLIANT!), we passed by the Louvre for the first time and saw (once again) the huge carnival in the Jardin de Tuilieres. Doug and I had promised the boys a trip to EuroDisney tomorow, but given how today went, we were not looking forward to that. Disney on a HOT day in August when the boys are tired? No, thank you. So, we laid it on thick. Promised them they could spend all day at the carnival (because even if they do that, it will cost far less than what we would have spent at Disney) and have a treat (cotton candy for Quin and a candy apple for Berkley) and dessert at dinner. Doug then read them the negative review of EuroDisney in our guidebook when we got home. In the end, they decided to forgo Disney for the carnival. I was feeling a bit guilty about that, so we had a family conversation, and they were quite adamant that they wanted the carnival instead. I am PRAYING right now that it does not disappoint, or we may end up having to go to EuroDisney too!