We headed for the metro in the late morning. This was entertaining in itself. There were 3 musicians that ride the trains for tips sitting in a row. Across the other side a young man came forward and threw a coin to each of the musicians. He then instructed them to play together and was conducting them then he started dancing up and down the station. I should have recorded it, everyone was smiling finally his train pulls in he gets in and is then profusely thanking his new orchestra and waving. Off we headed to Centro. There was an announcement in French, which we couldn't understand a word of, we hop off the train try one exit that was blocked then try another exit that was blocked. Finally found out that tour de france was finishing in Paris that day. The only way out was to take the train to the next stop. We decided to go to Notredame Cathedral as we enjoyed it the last time in Paris. We got some instructions to hop on one train then another to get to our destination. Finally walked in the right direction it still looked as impressive as ever. Last time we visited in winter and queued for 3/4 of an hour in freezing cold to go up in the bell tower and to the top of the torrents because of the movie the hunchback of Notredame. This time queued like a snake to get into the Cathedral, we got in surprisingly quickly. We enjoyed our time in this magnificent Cathedral. It has very low lighting in here so it is a moody sort of place. Notredame is a Catholic Cathedral considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It is one of the largest and best known church buildings in the world. Construction began in 1163 during the reign of Louis VII. We took photos and finally emerged to find it had been raining. We were going to walk to the Eiffle Tower. It was pouring by now changed our minds as had seen the tower the day before. We noticed people lined up waiting on the street, obviously waiting for the tour de france to come past. We waited too trying to take shelter. Eventually we asked the couple behind us when they were coming past, it was ages away so off we walked back to near the Louve it was bucketing down so we took shelter under a tree, where was the umbrella man when you need one, ha haaa next he appears. 5 Euros for a cheapy umbrella. We did have rain proof jackets on. We then headed to an arch where lots of people were sheltering near the Louve. Soon there was a racket and we realised that there was a parade of decorated sponsorship vehicles on the tour de france fenced off area. We watched this noisy explosion of vehicles go by. The rain stopped. After this we realised we had to escape back to the other side, not an easy task as had to go through an arch. First try gave up as the crowd was surging our way. Second attempt succeeded, scary stuff just one big surge the security officers quickly removed more barriers on the other side so we had somewhere to go. We found a spot to stand and chatted to a family from Wales who had driven 4 hours to see the race. He is a competitive cyclist. We also chatted to a farmer from Minnesota his family had big ranches. We were entertained by watching 15 large tour buses squeeze through a small arch. There were some close calls but all managed to avoid getting scratched. We then headed to a nice restaurant to warm up and rest weary legs. A lovely french waitress, lovely food and nice decor. We then emerged and found a spot to watch the last rounds of the race near the finish line. We were there to see the jet formation fly over. Exciting. Geoff got a good photo. Wow what a day. When you are traveling you tend to loose track of what is happening in the world, so to see the end of tour de france a big surprise. We headed back to our different metro get on. A beautiful french lady of African descent was there in a beautiful traditional dress. She brightened up the whole dreary underground. Her cute son sat contentedly on the train chewing a sweet corn cob. Wow what a day.