Friday, August 10, 2007

The Museum, the Arc, and the Tower

Day four started at 8 AM when the girls woke me up. We all got ready for the day and went downstairs to our free breakfast of tea, croissants, coffee, and muffins. After breakfast we went to the grocery store a few blocks up from our hostel and got some bread, goat cheese, and I got a bottle of coke for lunch later at the Louvre. We hopped on the Metro and rode out to the museum, ending up at the underground entrance.

We got inside and began touring the massive museum before us. We saw pretty much every big part although not in much detail. All the signs are in French which made reading about the different artifacts a little difficult. We saw numerous statues from all different civilizations and time periods, lots of Egyptian artifacts, a bunch of rooms from Napoleon's apartment, and the big stuff like the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Louis the XIV's crown, and more. It was definitely the best museum I've experienced. There's so much stuff packed into the building and admission was relatively cheap (nine euros) for all the history. We went outside to the front areas to eat our lunch and then back in for more exploring. After we had seen our fair share of the Louvre we went outside and walked through the park and up the Champs Elysees towards the Arc de Triomphe. We saw a bunch of fancy shops, a Disney store advertising lots of Ratatouille stuff, and then finally the Arc. After hanging out under the Arc taking photos we hopped back on the Metro to hit up the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower was neat to see up close but there were thousands of people lined up underneath trying to go up top so we hung around at the bottom and the nearby park taking some pictures. Here's a great example of why it's always important to check your focus.

After the Eiffel Tower we headed back to the hostel and took a break for awhile. I hit up an internet cafe for awhile to log back into the matrix and check up on various things while the girls took a nap. When I got back we went out looking for a cheap place to eat but we were not successful. We ended up back at the grocery store buying more bread. Paris is fun but would be more fun with more money. Everything costs way too much here. The weather here is strange also. Barcelona was very hot and humid and Paris is very cold, gloomy, and windy. Also there's a few ads over here with American celebs selling stupid stuff. I saw a poster with Quentin Tarantino selling some sort of Vodka while we were driving through Paris on a taxi. Europe needs way more free WiFi. It's hard to find WiFi that works let alone finding one that does and having to pay big bucks. Hopefully the rest of the places I visit have free internet so I can keep updating on a regular basis.

Tomorrow are some churches!


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