We've been to Paris, France since I last posted!
The weather was perfect, the French were friendly (especially good since my French is next to nil), the baguettes were delicious, and the sites were wonderful. We walked everywhere so I now have blisters on the balls of both my feet, but it's a small price to pay. Here's some highlights of what we saw (my own photos will get posted when we get home):
We wen to the Eiffel Tower, but did not go up. The highest level was closed and the lines for the first and second floors were WAY long. So we just gazed and enjoyed
We actually went to 2 museums: the Louvre (see above) and the Musee D'Orsay. The big draw at the Louvre was the Mona Lisa, which my daughter really wanted to see. The crowd was actually only 4-deep, which isn't too bad for tourist season! Honestly, I don't really like a lot of the other art at the Louvre, except for some Jacques Louis David, Winged Nike (statue) and the Venus de Milo. I much preferred the Orsay which had tons of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Manet, Cezanne, and Degas. Ah, all my favorite artists!
We also spent time seeing the various palaces, government buildings, opera house, national library (of course), and relaxing parks. We even stumbled across the memorial for Lady Diana!
And, we took the Chunnel (train under the English Channel), which was a great way to travel. Cheaper and faster than flying. And, much less of a hassle!