The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower
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Today we spent at the Louvre. We slept in a bit late so we werenâ€™t there that long before we had to meet back up for lunch. I really could spend 2 weeks in the Louvre and not see everything. I did get to see the some of the Egyptian stuff, the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and the Venus de Milo. I also checked out the underneath part where they have the remains of the original building that stood hereâ€¦ we are seriously talking medieval times (the structure, begun in 1190 CE, originated as a fortress during the Capetian dynasty)!!
For lunch we went to a posh little tea place called Angelina. The food was pretty good and the atmosphere was very fancy tea house which I liked. I think the boys thought it was a little froofy and expensive but everyone enjoyed themselves all the same.
"offers three levels of fancy knickknacks and 250 vendors. It's just the place if you're looking for 30 matching Baccarat-crystal champagne flutes from the 1930s, a SĂ¨vres tea service from 1773, or a signed Jean Fouquet gold-and-diamond pin. Too stuffy? No problem. There's always the 1940 Rolex with the aubergine crocodile strap. Prices can be high, but a few reasonable items are hidden here."
We found several nice dessert cordial glass sets and a few nice marbel topped tables that Charles really liked but the price was a bit much, espeically when you factor it how much it costs get get a marble topped table all the way home!
After lunch we went over to the sculptures gallery and over to tour Napoleon IIIâ€™s royal apartments.
Once our day was done we headed over to the Eiffel tower. Here we stood in line a while just to pay to go up the stairs! I canâ€™t imagine waiting in the line for the elevator. After too many stairs to count we made it to the first level. Heading on up to the second I found that the post office had closed already. Oh well maybe next time Iâ€™ll get a postcard home with that special stamp! From here you do have to take the elevator so we boarded that and got up there. It was super cold and windy but we took our time with the view anyway.