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  • Day27

    The poor Notre Dame

    July 28 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We tried to go to Le Louvre this am v early but all tickets are now online booking only and it was sold out.
    We walked along the Seine to the v sad but still standing Notre Dame.
    Brekkie in a cool cafe and then off to join the masses at the Eiffel Tour.
    Went to check out our spot for the Tour de France viewing later only to find people camped out 9hrs in advance!! It was manic and already all access blocked so ended up walking miles to get metro home to hotel.
    Need a rest before the marathon of waiting for the cyclists to make it to Paris at 8pm tonight.
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  • Day29

    The Louvre

    July 26, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    In the morning I made a trip to the Laundromat to complete some much-needed laundry for both Sam and I. This should see us clean now until we get home on Monday.

    I spoke to a man from Romania who was also washing clothes in the laundromat. He came to Paris to source clothes and transport them back to Romania. He said that there is not the selection of men's clothes and shoes in Romania that there is in Paris and that Romanian men wanted access to affordable variety, which he provides. He said that Romania is a great country to visit, particularly Sibiu in Transylvania - very beautiful he assured me. He also said that France was suffering from too much democracy, too much freedom. Too much freedom leads to lack of boundaries and then no freedom at all because of deterioration of cultural values and terrorism. He also bemoaned the fact that French people saw all Romanians as gypsies, even though that is not the case, and he also said that anti-semitism is growing worse every year because the Jews are so successful and controlling the money and wealth of inner-city France, particularly Le Marais district.

    The laundry trip took two hours in the morning. In the same street as the laundromat was the oldest stone domestic house in the whole of Paris. It was the house of the famed alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who was legendary for his alleged discovery of the Philosopher's stone, and changing base metals into silver and then to gold. His old medieval house is now a restaurant with a Michelin star. The house dates from the 14th century.

    Sam and I bought tickets for the Louvre today and visited the amazing museum. It surely must be counted as one of the very best in the world. We spent about four hours in the Louvre but only got to see about half of the displays. The collection is amazing, and always interesting.

    The fascination about the Louvre is two-fold. Firstly, the historical exhibits represent the most amazing collection of cultural treasures from all areas of the world and from every era of history. These include ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Europe, and more. Secondly, the museum is located in the main royal palace in the centre of old Paris, so the building itself and its rooms take the visitor back to the golden age of the French Monarchy in the 17th and 18th centuries. Many of the rooms have been maintained with the furnishings of the monarchy to give an insight into the decadent regal lifestyle.

    The visit to the Louvre was quire tiring. After a short rest, I visited Mont Martre and the Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) Cathedral on top of a hill overlooking the skyline of Paris from another angle. This is always a special place to visit and a highlight of any trip to Paris.
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  • Day18

    Mañana en el Louvre

    February 25 in France ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    El lunes a la mañana fuimos al museo del Louvre. Hicimos un recorrido que habiamos planeado la noche anterior. El museo es tan grande que es imposible verlo todo, asi que hay que elegir que ver y que no.

    Lo primero que vimos fueron pinturas del renacimiento, entre muchas otras vimos a la famosa Mona Lisa. Despues vimos arte griego y romano, y nos sacamos fotos frente a la Venus de Milo, que nos encanto. Tambien vimos arte del antiguo egipto.

    A la salida, vimos esculturas y pinturas europeas mas recientes, y eso que dejamos 70% del museo sin recorrer.

    Almorzamos en los jardines del museo, y nos fuimos a comprar a Angelina.
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  • Day10

    Paris - Louvre

    September 27, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Unser nächster Stop war dann der Louvre. Wir sind nicht in das Museum reingegangen, aber wir haben uns gut amüsiert vor der Glaspyramide.
    Nach einer anstrengenden Mischung aus nicht lange schlafen, nicht viel essen, laufen, sitzen, stehen und gucken gab es ein kleines Tief vor dem Louvre. Nachdem alle Fotos gemacht worden waren mussten wir uns ziemlich aufraffen wieder loszulaufen. Als erstes ging es wieder zu den Bateaux Bus für ein letztes Mal.
    Dieser Footprint war jetzt sehr kurz, aber wenn man schon mal so viel gemacht hat, dann kann man auch alles schön ordentlich aussortieren.
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  • Oct8

    The Louvre

    October 8 in France ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    The Louvre

    Today we started the day walking through our famous neighbourhood of Montemartre and visited the Sacré-Cœur.

    Then we had afternoon reservations for The Louvre, we were pleasantly surprised we got through the line quite quickly. Here we of course saw the Mona Lisa, again we only had a short wait. Another note worthy was The Coronation of Napoleon, a massive floor to roof painting. We found our Louvre trip much more pleasant and less crowded then the Vatican. It was very easy to walk through the exhibitions though most captions were in French so you relied on the Audio Guide. Most of its collection was sponsored by Philanthropists.

    We finished off our night with some amazing Duck with a orange/ sweet & sour sauce. So different but great.
    And of course chocolate Macaroons for dessert.
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  • Day29

    Oct 18 - Notre-Dame Cathedral

    Yesterday in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The intent for today was to simply enjoy Paris with no fixed times to be at museums or sights. We set off about 9:30 a.m. and made our way to the Left Bank of the Seine via a different route than we had been using so we could see more of the city. It was a bit cool, but although there was evidence of recent rain, the skies were dry. A very good sign. As, we strolled along the water’s edge, we marvelled at how buildings that are under construction are shrouded in canvases that mimic what the final product will resemble. So much more attractive than bare scaffolding. Canada - there’s a good Parisian technique to adopt.

    Along the quay side, there are green metal boxes bolted in a rather higgeldy-piggedly fashion onto the stone wall. These 900 boxes belong to the 250 Bouquinistes, booksellers of used and antiquarian books, journals, stamps, trading cards, posters, post cards and now, horror of horrors, souvenirs. Each bouquiniste is given four boxes, all of a specified size, and rent is paid only for the stone on which the boxes rest (around €100 per year). The most coveted spots are awarded based on seniority. Since overhead costs are very low, prices tend to be better than elsewhere. We just marvelled at the desire for someone to want to make a living out of four green boxes, but, c’est la vie!

    We took a few wrong turns, but saw saw rustic back streets and a pretty park, and eventually found Shakespeare and Company. The Left Bank has a long history of being the home to scholars, philosophers and poets. This funky, rabbit-warren of a bookstore is a reincarnation of the original store that was opened by an American, Sylvia Beach after WWI. Writers flocked to Paris for the cheap rents and to escape American Prohibition. Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound were joined by James Joyce and other writers of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Books are stacked in the current store in every possible nook and cranny. Agatha Christie books were arranged on a diagonal shelf running like a literary-bannister along the narrow staircase. I know people who would love to spend days in that store. Very cool.

    We eventually got to a sight that we both wanted to see - Notre-Dame de Paris, known usually just as Notre-Dame. It is a beautiful Roman Catholic Church that sits on an island in the Seine. The church is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its pioneering use of the rib vault and flying buttress, its enormous and colourful rose windows, as well as the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style. Major components that make Notre Dame stand out include one of the world's largest organs and its immense church bells.Some of the most important relics in Christendom, including the Crown of Thorns, a sliver of the true cross and a nail from the true cross, are preserved at Notre-Dame. (Thanks, Wikipedia.)

    I had been able to cross an item off my bucket list the last time we were here - to attend Mass at Notre-Dame. The centre of Paris is marked by a bronze plaque in the ground about 100 feet from the front door of the cathedral. I have a picture of my feet on the plaque from that same visit. Very cool.

    As you probably know, on April 15, 2019, the cathedral roof caught fire while under renovation and restoration. The cathedral sustained serious damage and the timber spire was destroyed. The lead from the roof caused wide-spread contamination. The area around the cathedral is blocked off with high fencing topped with spikes and barbed-wire. Restoration is underway. The church is owned by France, and France has passed a law requiring it to be rebuilt exactly as it appears before the fire. President Macron has called for the restoration work to be completed within 5 years. It was sad, so very sad, to see this monument in such a tattered state. Perhaps Doug and I will have to come back in 5 years time to check on the progress of bringing Notre-Dame back to life.
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  • Day74

    Quick trip to Paris

    July 19, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    Don and I rose at some ungodly hour to catch the Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris. We checked into a perfectly suitable hotel near the Gare Nord station. The Best Western something or other in an area that used to be filled with street walkers, but is now an up and coming neighborhood without such trappings. The elevator was the tiniest I'd ever seen measuring about a square meter or about the size of a decent shower stall. Our first trip up, a bubbly Japanese tourist lady invited us to join her. It was tight; I guess not unlike a Tokyo subway.

    We spent the rest of the afternoon walking the city and mapping about 8.6 miles. We had lunch at an old time bistro le Bouillon Chartier. I had the chitterling sausage and Don went for the roast chicken. The waiter wrote our orders on the paper table cloth and added up the bill from the same scratchings. We hit lots of favorites and were rewarded with a partial view of Notre Dame. (see photo). We did a lot of people watching and continously shared comments. Dinner consisted of bread and cheese under a bridge next to the Seine. The mad eyed buttress guy watched us the whole time (see photo). Got a nice shot of Don and the Eiffel Tower. The photo depicts his response to walking there on a day when the mercury hit 90 is too direct to post. (see photo here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MTdjaeYVghv7eTxA8 )

    We were fortunate in that Thursday evenings the Musee d'Orsay is open late. The museum had grown immensely in the past 30 years since my last visit. Not a place to be taken lightly, or after a day on our feet it turns out. We were pretty fatigued by the time we'd made it through just two of the five floors. My age and irritation were showing when I glared at my fellow museum patrons as they kept turning their backs on the pieces to get selfies. Jeezus. I got a nice shot of a group of tourists admiring a Van Gogh (see photo)

    This morning we woke and walked to a nearby bakery Du Pain et des Ideés, recommended by the late Anthony Bourdain and Don. Delicious pastry and good cappuccino. Even picked up a few chocolatines for Nancy. Around noon we said our goodbyes after doing a little planning for meeting up in Bears Ears in mid September. Don was off to the airport and I was off on the nine hour bus ride back to our digs in Amsterdam.
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  • Day56

    Day 53&54

    July 23, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Not going to lie, yesterday I did pretty much nothing haha was still in recovery from the night before

    But today my day started with the Louvre and wow there is so much amazing artwork and artefacts within it (way too many pictures to post). The Mona Lisa in my opinion is way overrated in the fact that the amount of tourists standing in front of it was ridiculous and he has many other works within the museum that are just as good (very similar in the faces be paints)

    One of my favourite exhibitions was the ancient Egyptian collection. Really cool and you were able to walk into a preserved tomb with the writings and drawings still original on the walls

    Then after spending multiple hours roaming the museum I went for a walk to the Eiffel Tower which in fact kind of turned into a hike. The distance between all the monuments is extreme. They are all spread very far apart! And I wasn't wearing comfortable shoes so my feet are quite sore now! Tomorrow I will put on the sneakers and head to the remaining monuments

    Then a stroll up the Champs-Élysées with all of the shops that I can't afford

    Then the Tour de France came through the streets of Paris so I lined the barrier and spent about 4 hours firstly waiting till it started then they had a massive parade of sponsors and all of their floats with lots of singing and shouting in French then the bikes came through which was amazing to see them live! They are ridiculously fast like you expect them to be but it's still really amazing to see in real life not that you do for long as the fly past. Amazing athletes😊

    It was really overcast and windy today which made my photos not the greatest and the wind was so chilly like been back home! (But a nice change from the heat haha)

    Early to bed for me as have another big day of sightseeing ahead👍
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  • Day3

    The Louvre

    September 20, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    The Louvre is the home of the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, the Wiged Victory of Samothrace and Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of John the Baptist. Most of our viewing has been done over the heads of 500 Chinese tourists. Still, it is wonderful to see the original paintings of works I’ve seen only in books all my life.Read more

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