Paris - Day 2

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Holding up the pyramid with my mighty finger
    The second day of Paris started rather late, as we all slept in that morning. After casually waking up and grabbing some fresh croissants right downstairs, we set out to explore the Louvre. Apparently our timing worked out quite well because we arrived right around lunch time and it wasn't nearly as packed as I feared it would be (though the lines started getting noticeably longer as we were leaving). We made our way through the Denon Wing first, making sure to catch the "must-sees" of the museum.
    The Louvre was quite an exciting experience because no matter how many times you see a piece of art in a book, it's just not the same as seeing it first-hand.
Louvre
I must say, however, that the Mona Lisa was a bit anti-climatic because it was quite small and tucked behind some bullet-uv-whatever-proof glass. I can attest, though, that it does seem to be looking at you no matter which angle you look from. After seeing the Denon and Sully wings, we went and checked out the Babylone exhibit that is temporarily there. I think Tiff finally waked up for this part because she's been to the Louvre three times before.
    After the Louvre, we were determined to find these supposedly outstanding fellafles, so we hopped back on the metro to St. Paul station into the Marais area. While it was unfortunate that the shop was closed that day, I did get a chance to wander the area a bit and get a feel for the district. What I learned walking through the various districts in Paris is that Paris isn't really a large city; rather, it's a collection of a number of distinct villages collectively referred to as Paris.
The infamous Mona Lisa
Each area had its own personality. The major chains have not taken over the city the way most large urban metropolises have succumbed. Despite seeing several Starbucks and McDonalds, the neighbourhoods are comprised mainly of independent stores with their own distinct flairs.
    Later that evening, we went to a very nice restaurant on top of the Musee De l'Orsay, which offered a fantastic view of the Invalides by night and of the illuminated Eiffel Towers. I was very proud of myself that evening because I finally solicited a response in French! Usually, when I attempted to communicate in French with the locals, they end up responding in English, putting a dent in my ego.
    After supper, we ascended the Eiffel Tower in spite of the rain that had started to come down as we were eating. The view atop the towe absolutely breathtaking! I seem doomed to juggle with rain my entire trip abroad this time, as this also plagued me in Japan, and will continue to do so in Turkey; but that's another tale. Apparently there actually was someone who hated the Eiffel Tower so much that he picked to dine within the restaurant within the tower just so he didn't have to look at it. We finished the night eating crepes at a local eaterie by the apartment.
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Holding up the pyramid with my mig…
Holding up the pyramid with my mi…
Louvre
Louvre
The infamous Mona Lisa
The infamous Mona Lisa
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre - Babylone exhibit
Louvre - Babylone exhibit
Berthillon ice cream - best Ive h…
Berthillon ice cream - best I've …
Paris
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