During my Mom's visit we took the opportunity to get away without our kids - two nights in Paris? Yes, please! Thanks Mom for making the trip possible for us.
We took the ICE train in late one evening and arrived after midnight our first night - the train only takes about two hours! How convenient?! The following day we saw as much of the city of Paris as possible and felt pretty successful too. We started the day off with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral.
We then made our way to the Louvre.This amazingly huge museum (nearly 35,000 objects to see) was beautiful on the inside and out. The architecture was really stunning and we enjoyed walking around for a few hours. Of course we couldn't see everything - that would take a few months - but we saw some of the highlights....
The Mona Lisa
One of my favorites from a series of four by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
...and one of David's favorite's by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson and a painting he saw during his Royal Servants trip before I met him! You can see how huge this painting is from the blurred person walking by below...
One of the really neat things to see was people recreating some of the paintings... so fun to watch and see art being made in front of you!Then we moved onto the famous street Avenue des Champs-Élysées we grabbed Starbucks (yes, it's true we did... but it's been a long time since we've had Starbucks so, why not?!) and lunch and then took a few minutes to watch some pretty terrible street performers. At the end of the street was the Arc de Triomphe. We walked to it and saw the large traffic circle (with 12 roads out of it), the grave of the unknown soldier but we didn't pay to walk up to the top of the monument. While we were there David told me that a pilot had flown a plane through the arch but I was having a hard time believing it... and then David was second guessing the fact but, it turns out he was right on! If you ever see this arch in person, imagine a plane going through that arch (crazy) and the pilot who was to do it died practicing... and the feat still went on! Interesting fact, I thought.
Many more blocks of walking and we finally saw her... the Eiffle Tower... there she is.
Resting on a bench with a great view.After walking around the Eiffel Tower area we took a boat tour down the Seine where we could see most of the sights we walked by that day - just from a different angle. When the tour ended the tower was lit and our day felt complete :) We were pretty beat and headed back to our hotel for the evening.