We’re in Spain now and about a week behind on blogging. We’ve stayed with incredibly welcoming people in France and Spain and we ate six different soups that we still need to write about.
Literally between our attempts to fix Jackie’s bike, we saw the big sites of Paris: Notre Dame, the Pyramid of the Louvre, Musée Rodin with the Thinker, and the Eiffel Tower. We stayed right near the Champs-Élysées across the street from the street from the US Embassy, the UK Embassy, the Columbian Embassy and the French Presidential palace. Because of the neighborhood, the was a constant police presence at the corner of the street where we parked the bikes.
After Paris we set off towards the castles of the Loire River Valley a.k.a. Mechanical Problems – Day 3. The end of Day 4 brought us to the Château de Chambord. This “hunting lodge” was actually a completely over the top castle with more rooms than we can remember, carved stone vaulted 20ft plus ceilings, and a central double helix, spiral staircase. Wikipedia says “The château features 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases”. Like I said, over the top.
A comment from Jackie’s mom: The Thinker in 1999 (note that the boy in the photo is Jackie’s brother, not Aron)