Getting Lost and Adventures in the Louvre

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The Pyramid of the Louvre from underneath near the entrance

This morning we had free time to explore the city. We don't speak French, and apparently that makes not getting lost quite a task (maybe that's just us?) We wandered around Paris, trying to find the Catacombs, only to find them 2 hours later. They were closed. Oh well, no harm we still got to see lots of the city on the way. Still, we couldn't resist taking a picture of a dissappointed looking Justine in front of the entrance, just for kicks. Somehow we ended up, of all places, at a Starbucks. Not my idea, but the bonding was fantastic. I think we sat there for at least an hour, just people watching and swapping stories.

We had to get back to the hotel for a bus ride to the Louvre. The ride there was beautiful, and the famed museum definitely didn't disappoint either.

It was my third day in this amazing city and I still couldn't believe I was here, standing im the actual Louvre! That night about 10 of us made our way up to MontMartre, the artist's district of the city. Now, I have to say that the Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite movies ever, and after seeing it so many times I was expecting the real thing to be at least slightly like the movie. I was surprised and a bit disappointed that it looked so modern and small. Nonetheless, it was still fantastic to see. The real treat though, was the view from the top of MontMartre. Stunning or perhaps breathtaking, would be some of the best words to describe it up there. There was also a beautiful church at the top, which was lit up and fantastic.

On our way down the hill, we decided we were hungry so we stopped by a small cafe/bar for pastries and wine, where we met an artist from Ireland who had moved to Paris to pursue his passion, leaving behind his partner whom he spoke fondly of. The whole night seemed a bit surreal and I drifted off to sleep with a smile on my face. Tomorrow it's time to head to Belgium!

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The Pyramid of the Louvre from und…
The Pyramid of the Louvre from un…
Church at the top of MonteMartre
Church at the top of MonteMartre
Justine all sad because the Cataco…
Justine all sad because the Catac…
Beautiful paintings in the halls o…
Beautiful paintings in the halls …
View from the top of MonteMartre
View from the top of MonteMartre
The Sphinx, all the way from Egypt
The Sphinx, all the way from Egypt
French countryside
French countryside
We stood at this station for a bit…
We stood at this station for a bi…
The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa
Breakdancers in the subway
Breakdancers in the subway
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photo by: Sweetski