Today we went to the Louvre Museum, which is one of the largest museums in the world. It was originally a fortress and then a palace. I planned ahead, and downloaded a Rick Steves audio tour of the museum, so we listened to it and hit all the highlights of the museum in about 2 hours.
We saw the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Venus de Milo sculpture, another sculpture called Winged Victory and even some by Michelangelo.
|Carter & Mona|
|Cara trying to stand like Michelangelo's Slave sculpture|
After all that walking, we picked up sandwiches and had a picnic lunch along the Seine. There was a small group filming some sort of medieval piece with sword and shield just down the river from us!
|Love locks cover a bridge over the Seine|
Next we headed to Notre Dame, which is celebrating their 850th Anniversary! They were in the process of replacing 8 huge bells in one of their towers and had the old ones all down the center aisle of the cathedral. The rose window (a huge circular stained glass window) and other stained glass was beautiful but it was awfully crowded, so our visit was a short one.
|Rose window in Notre Dame|
We also wanted to go up on the tower of Notre Dame, but after waiting 30 or more minutes in the line and not moving much, we decided to try the next day.
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at a few shops and pick up items for an "al fresco" dinner, but ate it in our hotel. We had fresh strawberries, cheese from Normandy, assorted salamis and prosciutto, a fresh baguette, etc.
Dinner al fresco basically means a baguette, meats and cheeses on the floor of your hotel room (that’s what I think it means anyway). It was pretty good actually, though I didn’t have any of the meat because I don’t like it as much. The cheese that we had was called camembert and it was very good. Mom and Dad had some French beer and wine and Cara and I had pineapple juice boxes and we watched some TV. That was one of the best dinners I had in France!
|Internet picture - it was night time when we went|
After dinner, I really wanted to get a close up look of the Statue of Liberty which is a replica of the one in the USA. It's a lot smaller, but is neat because it faces the one in the US! It was dark, so we didn't get a good photo of it, but we found a patisserie on the way to the metro that had some excellent desserts (made it worth the walk!!)
Day 5 -
|Pielow family on Notre Dame Tower|
In the morning before we left France, we took the metro to Notre Dame. The line was about the same as the day before, but we waited in line and actually got in, maybe because we had the patience. We had to go up what seemed like a million steps. When we finally got to the top, the view was pretty cool, you could see along the river for a long way!
Then we went all the way to the top and as we were climbing the stairs to the top, there was a family with a little boy climbing behind us. It was pretty crowded in the stairs, so we kept on stopping. The little boy asked his dad “Why are we stopping?” The dad answered “Because it’s crowded.” Then we started moving again, but soon, we stopped again. The little boy asked his dad “Why are we stopped again?” The dad looked really frustrated, but everyone else that could hear it laughed. The view from the top was pretty cool; I would go if I were you!
Getting to see the architecture and especially the gargoyles on the outside of the cathedral was amazing.
|Gargoyle about to attack the monuments in Paris!!!|
|Our metro guide taking us back to our hotel|
Before leaving Paris, we had to stop one last time for a scrumptious treat, so Cara found a beautiful raspberry macaron, while Carter & I had nutella and banana crepes. Carter didn't think these were quite as good as the one he had our first night in Paris, and he also issued me a challenge to see if I could make one that good - I'll do my best!!