Monday, September 10, 2007

Paris Day 3: 9/7/07

On our last offical daz in Paris we were ip early and ate pain au chocolate (chocolate filled croissant) for breakfast..yum...

We started our sightseeing at the Arc de Triomphe, which is 165-foot-high arc that was built to honor Napeleons soldiers. It is the center of a chaotic traffic mess. When designed (before cars were invented of course) the Arc was to be the centerpiece of 12 boulevards interesecting at diagonels with the Arc. In order to reach the Arc you have to go into an underground pedestrain walkway.

J climbed to the top of the Arc (284 steps) but my legs still hurt from yesterday so i remained on the ground.....

Next we walked North on Champs-Elysees (Shahnz az-lee-zay) which is considered one of the worlds grandest and most celebrated streets-it houses big business, celebrity cafes, nightclubs and high fashion shopping. From 1920'1960 Parisians dressed up to come to the boulevard but since the commuter train suburbanites and toursits have found their way here...just like we did.

Champs-Elysees leads to the Place de la Concorde which was the place of the Revloution where 2,780 ppl lost their heads (no really) during the Reign of Terror. This is the spot where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were made "a foot shorter on the top."

Our nest stop was the Orsaz Museum. The Museum left off (art wise) where the Louvre stopped. It contains French art of the 1800s (1848-1914) also known as Impressionism--one of my favorite types of art.

We sae Manet, Degas, Monet, Renior, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and Redon--to name a few, It was amazing.
to reward ourselves for a hard afternoon of art viewing we went to the cafe and sample French cheese...yum.

Later that night we took some carryout to the Effile Tower and had dinner under the lights of the Effile Tower. (no we did not go up b/c the line was waaaay long) Dining under the Effile Tower was an amazing way to end our Paris trip.

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