After traveling to Versailles and then up to Montmarte and then back to the Tour Eiffel (aka the Eiffel tower) on Saturday I can safely say that the highlight of the boys day was not in the attractions that are listed in the tour guide books. They did enjoy the light show to celebrate the 120th birthday of the tower which kept us in Paris later then we normally stay, but this allowed us to see several hidden attractions!
We started our day walking around the chateau at Versailles that is way bigger than anyone really needs and we found out that the French security guards at this location were very fearful of a child on their father’s shoulders. But it gave me another chance to practice my French when the guards came up and asked if I spoke French I could say yes and then they would say “Il ne peut pas être là-haut” so I would take Jonah off my shoulders. The boys were not overly impressed with the immensely large chateau at Versailles but they were very excited that there was a yellow M across the street from the RER stop where we stopped for a quick snack after our visit to the chateau.
On our way to Montmarte we were able to watch a FREE puppet show underground on the Metro and then when we hopped trains we were able to listen to a rendition of “La Bamba” in English, I gave this guy a euro because the boys enjoyed dancing along with his singing. But the guy that took his picture didn’t give him any money so the singer expressed his dissatisfaction with him in French and also in English, so my lesson for the day is if you take a picture of a performer on the train be prepared to put some money in his change purse. After we left Montmarte to head to the show at the Eiffel Tower we heard another rendition of “La Bamba” this time in French, I would have to say that the first singer had a better performance. After the light show we were able to witness what I thought was the breaking of a World Record on the train, I watched a man solve the Rubik’s cube in less than 15 seconds 3 times in a row. I looked it up and the 15 second mark was broke back in 2003, so I guess that’s why he was still practicing on the train.