The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower

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The Venus de Milo

Today we spent at the Louvre. We slept in a bit late so we weren’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 here… 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.

Angelina's for lunch
The wait was a bit so we wandered around the area until we could get in. We briefly visited the "Le Louvre des Antiquaires," which according to Frommers:

"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 Sèvres 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 III’s royal apartments.

The Eiffel Tower
I also got over to the Islamic art and saw the “Human Headed Winged Bulls.” They also have some at the Met in NYC so Im going to have to make a point of checking those out whenever I get over there.

 

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 can’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 I’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. Paris looked a bit like a map, much the way Chicago looked like a map from the Sears Tower. Once we were numb and tired enough we made our way home. Tomorrow at least promised to have some really good food in store!

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The Venus de Milo
The Venus de Milo
Angelinas for lunch
Angelina's for lunch
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower
The pyramid outside the Louvre
The pyramid outside the Louvre
the Louvre
the Louvre
Charles at the Louvre
Charles at the Louvre
the Louvre
the Louvre
The pyramid outside the Louvre
The pyramid outside the Louvre
The pyramid INside the Louvre
The pyramid INside the Louvre
Winged Victory
Winged Victory
Egyptian stuff!
Egyptian stuff!
Underground Louvre
Underground Louvre
Me and Suse in the medieval Louvre
Me and Suse in the medieval Louvre
Jesse at our shnazzy lunch place :D
Jesse at our shnazzy lunch place :D
Theres a line at the door!
There's a line at the door!
The gallery of sculptures at the L…
The gallery of sculptures at the …
Napoleon IIIs apartments
Napoleon III's apartments
Napoleon IIIs apartments
Napoleon III's apartments
Napoleon IIIs apartments
Napoleon III's apartments
Napoleon IIIs apartments
Napoleon III's apartments
Napoleon IIIs apartments
Napoleon III's apartments
The ceiling in Napoleon IIIs apar…
The ceiling in Napoleon III's apa…
Napoleon IIIs apartments
Napoleon III's apartments
The otherside of the Louvre from i…
The otherside of the Louvre from …
The Assyrian human-headed winged b…
The Assyrian human-headed winged …
The Assyrian human-headed winged b…
The Assyrian human-headed winged …
The Assyrian human-headed winged b…
The Assyrian human-headed winged …
The Assyrian human-headed winged b…
The Assyrian human-headed winged …
The wing with Islamic Art
The wing with Islamic Art
The underside of the Eiffel Tower
The underside of the Eiffel Tower
Jesse, Samantha, Suse and Charles …
Jesse, Samantha, Suse and Charles…
The underside of the Eiffel Tower
The underside of the Eiffel Tower
The underside of the Eiffel Tower
The underside of the Eiffel Tower
The people far below!
The people far below!
A view of the Seine from the Eiffe…
A view of the Seine from the Eiff…
The Arc de Triomphe from the Eiffe…
The Arc de Triomphe from the Eiff…
Its cold up here!
Its cold up here!
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