Paris, Day 2: la Louvre et la Tour Eiffel
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Breakfast at the Saint Onge is in the basement in a small room that really does look like a cave -- or maybe a wine cellar. The hotel really does have great cafe au lait making the basement much more tolerable!
Today we are off to see the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. It was a nice day -- kind of cool, so we decided to walk. Since I had no luggage yet, I had to borrow a shirt and jacket from Ioannis. Glad we wear the same size.
I had just been to the Louvre in November, but Ioannis had never been here and wanted to see it. It was very nice to see again and to get a chance to explore things I had missed on the previous visit. It is so vast -- you could spend days here and still not see everything! The Mona Lisa had been moved to a new room, and was nicely appointed.
From the Louvre, we walked through the Tuilairies, past Cleopatra's Needle and then down the Champs de Elysees. It was really a pleasant day for a walk -- and certainly helped to work up some hunger in us.
As we neared the Arc de Triomphe, it began to rain -- and then really started to pour. We ducked inside the Mercedes dealer for a bit to see if it would let up -- but it showed no signs of abating. Guess we will have to see l'Arc de Triomphe on another day! So, we did what any other fashionable person would do in this situation: went shopping! We ran to the Metro and took a train to L'Opera district and hit the Gallerie Lafayette. A couple of shirts later, the rain let up and we headed back outside. It was a short ride on the Metro to the Eiffel Tower, so off we went.
We decided to eat light tonight, and went to a pizza place that my Paris friend, Yann, had introduced me to last November, Sant Antonio's in the Marais. We had a salad, shared a pizza and a bottle of wine and just enjoyed being outside and eating with the locals. We walked back up toward our hotel after dinner -- and stopped in at a couple of different bars along with way for a couple of nightcaps. Nice way to end the day!