European Vacation – Ingrandes to Paris

We picked up some fresh bread and cinnamon rolls before we left the campground and stopped soon afterwards to have the rolls and apple juice for breakfast.  We didn’t have a long distance to get to Paris, so we took our time while driving today.

Just before noon, we stopped at a town to cash some travelers cheques so we wouldn’t be in Paris without any money.  I’ve never seen a bank like this before.  There were 3 men at desks – no teller wickets at all.  We each had our own chair to sit at a desk with the men while they figured out the exchange and gave us our money.

We then stopped by a river for a picnic with our bread.  It was another huge loaf and we stuffed ourselves.  🙂

We started looking for a camping stop about 50 km outside of Paris, but before we knew it we were on the freeway and heading right for the center of the city.  We saw the Eiffel Tower before finding a way to turn around and get back out of the city.  It was 4:30 pm and not a good time to try to figure things out in a city this large.

I’m pretty sure we drove around the Arc de Triomphe, but I didn’t mention that in my diary.  I think its just because the Eiffel Tower was the more exciting view to me and maybe I didn’t even know about the Arc de Triomphe.  I think it was going around it that got us turned around and heading back.

We found a motel on the outskirts of Paris and checked into it for the night.  There is a bus stop just across the highway that we can take into the city in the morning.  We got a schedule from the motel and decided this might be the best way to get to and from Paris while we’re here.

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

I took this picture the next day, but I’ve got a few pictures in Paris to show later.

Today is Tuesday July 29, 1975 and we traveled 180 km.