Day 12: Paris III

We didn’t have to be at the Arc de Triomphe until 10am today, so we had a leisurely breakfast and hit the Metro about 9am. We encountered commuter traffic, so a very busy train and it wasn’t until we got off that Stephen noticed his wallet was missing out of his front jeans pocket. We immediately called the bank and cancelled the cards. Not much else to do except be a bit annoyed. They got no money, and the most inconvenient aspect will be┬áhaving to replace the driver license.

We’ve tried to sort out our money in a way that makes it hard to get ripped off – all of our money is stored safely away in the bank where it can’t be accessed by card (not without a PIN) until we need it, then we transfer it to our two credit cards. Then we use the OneSmart card to draw out cash each day, so we never have more than 50-100 Euro cash each. I also keep my cards in different places in my bag – one in a zip pocket, one in my wallet and one in my phone cover. That way if any of the cards are stolen, there isn’t much money on them to use, and we can still access our money.

We managed to get to the top of the Arc de Triomphe in between rain showers for a great view of the city.

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe
View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe

We had a wander along the Champs-Eyleeses and decided to go to the Sacre Coeur since the weather was improving. It’s a lovely Catholic basilica (no photography allowed inside!).

The beautiful Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) basilica
The beautiful Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) basilica

We were sitting at the Metro waiting for a train to Bastille when Todd messaged that they were finished at the Louvre and ready for lunch, so we went to meet them. The sun was shining and we sat in the Louvre park and had a baguette. Delightful! The rain clouds were looming so we went back indoors and to the Metro. Todd and Kylie went off to Notre Dame and we went on to Bastille (nothing much to see there!).