Second museum day
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After today I think we're all museumed out ...
We started the day with breakfast in the park surrounded by a bunch of teenagers yelling, screaming, running around, punhcing each other with the teacher yelling (and looking like she was going to hit them). Apparently it doesn't matter which country you're in, teenagers all act the same way!
The first stop was the Louvre where we saw the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and a Michelangelo statue among many other things. Since it would take our entire trip (if not more) to see the museum, we left after we saw the "biggies".
Afterwards we headed to the musee de l'Orangerie to see Monet's Waterlillies, which were much bigger than I was expecting. There were also a few other paintings in the museum that were ok, but not worth the admission.
After a short lunch break, we headed to museum number 3, the Musee d'Orsay which has Van Gogh (including the Starry Night painting), Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, amongst many, many others. The museum is quite large and we only saw a small part of it. This is a museum I would like to return to and see the rest of the collection.
Afterwards we went for a well deserved break to the Jardin de Luxembourg, unfortunately without an icecream. So for all our hard work, we went to a high end bakery and each got a chocolate pastry, which was super yummy. To make it complete, we ate it at the beach volleyball tournament which starred some equally yummy male players. MMMMMMMMMMM
After a late day siesta, we went for supper and found a chinese place. Then we went searching for a tea for mom and after passing by many places that just weren't "right" we found some at the most odd place .
To make the most of our museum passes, we climbed to the top of the Arc de Triumphe for a fantastic view of the city, including the Eiffel Tower. We were hoping to see it sparkle, but we were kicked off just beforehand so we started walking towards it. We ended up missing it by minutes/ seconds so we decided to wait around for the next show (it's every hour on the hour).
We walked towards the Champs de Mars, where there were guys selling everything from annoying flying plastic birds, bags, sunglasses and even champagne (and I thought it would be weird for us to buy a bottle of wine and drink it in the park. On the way to the park we ended up being held up at a cross walk for a bunch of rollerbladers, and by many I mean thousands. It was pretty crazy / random!
At the Champs de Mars we thought there was something going on, but we think it's just a place where teenagers go to hang out and drink (another place we can go drink some vino). We waited and waited and finally the tower started to twinkle. Pictures don't do it justice (video kind of does).
After today it didn't take long to pass out, I mean fall asleep!