Belle journée

What a beautiful Parisian day we had!  We spent the whole day strolling around the city.  I say strolling because that appears to be my default speed due to ankle restrictions.  I do have a second speed, this is known as “Hurry, Cross the Street before the Light Changes” or, alternatively “Catch the Uber”.

We had an Uber take us to the Louvre, we had planned to go in, but the line was so long that we decided to just stroll through the park.  The Louvre grounds are amazing!  The building itself is overwhelming, and the park is full of statues and fountains.

We started at the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which was built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon’s victories the year before. Louvre Arch

From there we walked through Tuileries Garden.  Or as I like to call it “PanoramaLand”, because the whole place is beautiful and you just want to take panoramic pictures every 100 feet or so.  This was built by Catherine de’ Medici in 1564.  She is a member of the Medici Family, who are best known for ruling Florence for about 300 years; they also boast four popes, and two queens of France. Pano 2Pano 1

We stopped by a little outdoor café for morning coffee drinks.  We sat next to this lovely, half-frozen pond.  It was fun watching the ducks move from walking on the ice to swimming in the water with ease. I think that the statues are depicting young people playing Ultimate Frisbee.Frisbee

We walked through the park to a Ferris Wheel.  I have a deep and abiding hate for Ferris Wheels, as they are just rotating death traps; but Tiffany wanted to go, and I would never say no, especially after she went on Tower of Terror with me twice.  And to be fair the pictures from up there were amazing!  We got great views of the whole city!  And I had some delicious macarons to look forward to after the ride.

After checking out an amazing fountain and eating some macarons, we walked passed the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais before crossing the Seine River.  It was amazing to see the river so high!  It was over the banks everywhere.

We found a little café to eat lunch.  We ordered French Onion Soup, it was the perfect way to warm up on this cold day!  We also had French fries, so obviously we’re really getting into the gastronomical delights of the country. French onion soup

We went from there to the Eiffel Tower.  It is so amazing!  I think we got pictures of it from every angle we could.  Although, it is hard to take a selfie with the tower as it requires that you take the picture straight up your own nose holes to get it in the background.

We had thought that it would be closed today, well, because that is what the news told us, but when we got there it appeared to be up and running again.  After discussing it, we decided not to go in as the line was really long, the cost is pretty high, and the best part about the tower is looking at it.  Plus, we’d already been in the rotating death trap Ferris Wheel, and gotten some great views from there.

It started to rain about that time so we headed back to our room for some laundry and dinner.  Turns out that a bunch of shops are closed on Sunday, including grocery stores; luckily, we had leftovers.  And we had a lovely view of the Eiffel Tower at sunset.Sunset Tower

A most beautiful day indeed!

Categories: France, Travel Diary

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