Paris in a day
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We only had one full day in Paris, so we tried to make the most of it...but we left more to come back to!
We started out at Le Louvre, and a pastry on the grounds from a vendor. The Louvre was amazing in person. Much bigger than I really expected. And I really liked the contrast of the glass pyramids against the opulent "house". You enter the museum through the Grande Pyramide to underground. We bought our tickets and we were off to see as much as we could in a couple of hours.
We spent some time in sculpture, of which I am a fan, and then found the Mona Lisa (of course). And, like everyone has said, she is quite smaller than you realize. Side note: going in November is great! The museum was busy, but we could walk right up the Mona Lisa! We saw other paintings, the Jewel Room, and some Ancient Egyptian art and artifacts.
We left the Louvre and headed for the Notre Dame. The Notre Dame is free to go inside, but you have to pay to go up into the tower. The Gothic archetecture really is amazing, considering how old the cathedral is! The vaulted ceilings and the Rose Window are not to be missed, but I particularly liked the panels along the vestibule that depicted the Life of Christ. While we were in the cathedral, someone was playing their organ, so that set the perfect ambience ffor touring the most famous cathedral!
We circled the outside, noting the statue of Charlemgne that looked like to was straight out of Lord of the Rings, and bought our tickets to the Bell Tower. While standing in line, we enjoyed crepes from hte cafe across the street! (YUM! I love crepes! Mine had strawberry jam and Scott's had Nutella!) We (I) huffed and puffed up the many winding stairs to the top of the Notre Dame bell tower.
The rest of the day between the Louvre and the Notre Dame was spent just strolling the Paris streets and along the Seine. We saw the famouse Pont Neuf too. We headed back to the hotel to rest and make our 8:30 dinner reservations in the Marais.
Before dinner we went to the Arc de Triomphe.
Dinner was at Nicholas Flammel in the Marais district. The building the restaurant is housed in dates back to the 1400's! We got the reccommendation from some friends that went to Paris several years ago. I wanted a traditional French dinner in a great atmosphere, and I found it at Nicholas Flammel! The restaurant was lit by candlelight, tables draped in crisp white cloths and red flowers, and the ceilings lined with original wooden beams. It was such a perfect dinner with Scott!
After dinner we visited the site of the Bastille, where only a monument remains, on which the spirit of Liberty stands.