We took the girls to the Detroit Zoo today. When they were younger, this was their favorite day. They still loved it. We have not been in two years and we see a lot of changes, including the tiger exhibit.
Butterfly house at the Detroit Zoo.
Since our daughters are in college now, we know we get less and less of these fun days with them, so just enjoying this time together.
We arrived in Paris, France after a long and tight (economy)
flight – we drove to Toronto, Canada from Detroit, Michigan only 3 hours in
good traffic from our home – this will save us about $1000 per ticket using
this method. I recommend this as an
option for considering any travel.
Tip: Check airports within a few hours of your home for potential flight discounts. Driving a few hours can save thousands.
Room check in was at 3pm, we asked to check in early, but they said the room would not be ready, so we had to keep busy from 10am until 3pm. We decided to separate – as everyone in our group – except our youngest son Garion had already been to Paris, and he wanted to see the Catacombs. So the girls and myself took off for the ….. Zoo a favorite from out last trip and a side trip to the Curie Museum. We each purchased a subway ticket and left Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport, with our luggage. David and Garion, never made it to the Catacombs – too long of a line for their patience.
Tip: Book Paris Catacombs online in advance – 30 days if you really want to see them.
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile – means Triumphal Arch of the Star. I heard there were a lot of recent riots in this area, but a quick check of the recent news showed those were over months ago, so lets go! The Arc de Triomphe was built to honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. It is HUGE. More picture to follow in future post.
TIP: Figure out what you will do with yourself, and where to put your luggage between the time you arrive in Paris to the time you can check in. Wish I would have checked the luggage, and saved the long haul to the zoo carrying our luggage.
We read that the zoo is the second oldest in the world, and was built in 1793 with the animals coming from Versailles after the revolution – instead of killing the animals during the revolt, they saved them and they eventually ended up here.
Next post: Date night in Paris with my handsome husband & Notre Dame, she still stands – and under repair.