Cold temperatures and rain did not dampen our enthusiasm for seeing Paris. The 8-hour tour covered all the highlights of this wonderful city as we viewed essentially all the “big name” sights, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Pantheon, Louvre, and stops at the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Photo making opportunities were very limited because of the rain. About three hours of “free time” allowed us to walk the streets near Notre Dame Cathedral, enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of Europe’s second largest city. Small shops abounded, and prices declined the further one was away from the Cathedral. Numerous eateries—most had outdoor areas —were inner mixed with the shops. We had coffee, tea, and croissants at a corner cafe across from Notre Dame. Paris is known for its pickpockets, but we did not experience any issues. Public toilets were immaculate, as they have been in all of France.
Back at the ship, we enjoyed a great dinner before taking on the chore of packing for the return trip home; luggage is out the door at 5:15 AM.