Paris, Day 2: la Louvre et la Tour Eiffel

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The Louvre, with the IM Pei glass pyramid

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.

with Ioannis at the Assyrian Gates, the Winged Bulls of Khorsabad
  I am still amazed that the painting is as small as it is.  I guess I always thought it was a huge painting by the way it is popularly portrayed.  I got to see some of my favorites again -- Venus de Milo, the headless Winged Victory of the Samothrace, and the Assyrian Gates -- Winged Bulls of Khorsabad, Napoleon's Coronation, the Rape of the Sabine Women and the Bhorgese Gladiator, among others.  We also spent a fair amount of time in the Greek area -- in homage to Ioannis' heritage.  We were there for about three hours -- but could have spent all day!

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.

at the Louvre with the Borghese Gladiator
  We stopped at an outdoor restaurant on the Champs de Elysees for lunch and had a sandwich and cafe au lait.  Another great place to linger and people watch!

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.

la Tour Eiffel
  We went all the way to the top and enjoyed some magnificent views of Paris.  What a view!  We could see down the mall to where Napoleon's tomb is located, along the Seine River, and over to Notre Dame.  Ioannis loved seeing Paris from this perspective.  I loved seeing his reaction to his first visit here -- and it brought back memories of my previous times here.

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!

 

 

stabber911 says:
I am sure you left out the part that you run into Tom Hank, running around in Louvre??? :)
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
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The Louvre, with the IM Pei glass …
The Louvre, with the IM Pei glass…
with Ioannis at the Assyrian Gates…
with Ioannis at the Assyrian Gate…
at the Louvre with the Borghese Gl…
at the Louvre with the Borghese G…
la Tour Eiffel
la Tour Eiffel
Ioannis at the Glass Pyramid of th…
Ioannis at the Glass Pyramid of t…
The Mona Lisa! (la Gioconda)
The Mona Lisa! (la Gioconda)
Venus de Milo
Venus de Milo
Winged Victory of Samothrace
Winged Victory of Samothrace
As a Leo, I had to get a pic of th…
As a Leo, I had to get a pic of t…
The Coronation of Napoleon
The Coronation of Napoleon
Mercury
Mercury
The Rape of the Sabine Women
The Rape of the Sabine Women
Ioannis with Athena, namesake of A…
Ioannis with Athena, namesake of …
with classic Greek sculpture
with classic Greek sculpture
Diana, the Huntress
Diana, the Huntress
Gateway to the Tuilairies
Gateway to the Tuilairies
Along the Tuilairies
Along the Tuilairies
Cleopatras Needle
Cleopatra's Needle
Top of the Needle
Top of the Needle
at the Tower
at the Tower
View from the Eiffel Tower
View from the Eiffel Tower
The Seine River viewed from the Ei…
The Seine River viewed from the E…
At the top of the Eiffel Tower
At the top of the Eiffel Tower
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photo by: Sweetski