Paris, France

Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France This was our trip to celebrate Hillary’s graduation from high school. We made the trip with our “jelly bean” travel bags. They are quite colorful. After arriving at the airport, we took a taxi to our hotel. As it turns out, we are just around the corner from the famous Moulin Rouge. So the drive here went through some rather dicey areas. The hotel itself is nice. It is a three-star hotel. It is right beside the Montmartre Cemetery. After unpacking, we took a taxi to the Arc de Triomphe. Begun in 1806, it took some 30 years to complete. That was really spectacular. It is massive; about 164 feet tall and about 148 feet wide. After taking several photographs and watching the traffic go around the circle, we began our walk toward the Eiffel Tower. On the way to the tower we passed an odd looking poster touting an exhibit entitled “Perspectives on Biodiversity”. Arriving at the Eiffel Tower, everyone marveled at the size of it. The Tower is about 1,050 feet tall. I can recall being amazed when I first flew to Paris last April and I was easily able to see the Tower from the airplane. The Eiffel Tower dates from 1889. We left the Eiffel Tower, and on a whim, we boarded a boat on the Seine River. It was operated by Batobus. One of the most spectacular bridges is traveled under by the boat, the Pont Alexandre III. The white color of the bridge really contrasts with the gold colored accents. The boat stopped at the Musee d’Orsay, St. Germain des Pres, Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hotel de Ville, and then the Louvre. That is where we got off. We walked to dinner. I took them to the same restaurant I ate at when I was in Paris the previous April, Chez Flottes. It is located at 2 Rue Cambon, Paris. The meal was every bit as good as the time before. I would highly recommend this restaurant. The next day we took a taxi to the Louvre. We arrived at about 08:10. The museum does not open until 09:00. So we walked around taking photos for a while, then we stood in line. We were about 50 from the front of the line, so when the museum opened we got in quickly and bought our tickets. Our first objective was to see the Mona Lisa. We headed straight there. After that we wandered around the museum. I saw several sections that I had not seen the last time I was here. Now it is official, the Louvre is my favorite museum on the face of the planet! Close to noon we went to the museum store. I bought a journal that I had seen on my last trip. It probably was a crazy purchase at 80 Euros. That means it was somewhere between $110 and $120. Regardless, it adds nicely to my collection of journals. When we left the Louvre we walked across the Seine River. Then we walked along the river and saw all of the various vendors. Ultimately we crossed the road and had a drink and a plate of assorted cheeses. Then we left to do what Hillary was just dying to do…shop! We walked over to the Rue St. Honore area and did some shopping. Luckily she did not buy very much. The shops in that area cater to the very, very rich. We made our way over to the Opera area. We sat down at a sidewalk cafe and had lunch. It was a beautiful day. We sat there, enjoying the weather and watching the people go by.

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