Friday, March 13, 2009

Loving Paris

After being in Paris for 3 days, I finally ventured out with Sallie to see the famous sights and scenery yesterday. Well, technically we ventured out on Tuesday afternoon when we went to Versailles with Anne. But that is about 20-30 minutes outside of the city, so that is a little different. Versailles was all the grandeur that I expected - absolutely amazing really! Loved that afternoon walking through the beautiful house and gardens. 

So yesterday (Wednesday), Sallie and I woke up early and planned our day. Our plans were to go to take the Metro to the Louvre first, then walk to Musee d'Orsay, then eat at a restaurant along Rue de Bac, then take the Metro to Notre Dame and spend the rest of the afternoon there. So we made our way to the Louvre, stopping for pastries and coffee of course. The Metro train was packed but we pushed our way through and arrived safely. 

The Louvre is humongous so we decided to tour the Egyptian artifacts, Greek and Roman artifacts, famous paintings, and crown jewels section. All was wonderful - saw the Mona Lisa, Raft of Medusa, Venus de Milo, etc. The Egyptian artifacts were really cool - the tombs of the mummies were incredible. Though it seems a bit disrespectful that they opened the sarcophagi where people were buried... Anyway, the jewelry was really beautiful also. I got excited in the crown jewels section where the fancy dinner ware, crowns, and jewel boxes were showcased. The jewel boxes were so cute! I want to start collecting those now.

After the Louvre, we walked to Musee d'Orsay where the Impressionist artwork is held. These would be paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, etc. I bought our tickets while Sallie dug around in her purse for her wallet (she thought she may have cash to pay me back). We entered the museum and Sallie still hadn't found her wallet (her purse is pretty big and there was a lot of stuff in there). We sat down so she could look and she realized that it wasn't in there. Ahh! We thought about the last place that she had it and that was back at the Metro station in the morning. We knew it hadn't been stolen because her bag has a zipper and it had been zipped the entire time (plus her wallet is really small so they wouldn't have been able to unzip her bag and pull it out). 

We went to the Louvre and asked if they had found a wallet, but they hadn't. Then we went back to the Metro station by Anne's apartment and asked - no wallet. A bit disappointed, we went to Anne's apartment so Sallie could call her parents to cancel her bank card. We chilled for the rest of the afternoon - Sallie sorted out her matters and and I finished 2 chapters of studying. 

Then Anne came back from a long studio and Sallie and I took her out to dinner. Well, I guess I technically took both of them out to dinner since Sallie lost her wallet. :) But we went to the Eiffel Tower and ate at a delicious restaurant nearby that Sallie planned out. It was called Cafe Comfort and the chef was pretty famous. We did the whole she-bang - wine, appetizers, entrees, and dessert. It was fantastic!! 

We stopped by the Eiffel Tower on the way to the Metro station and took pictures under the beautifully lit up Tower. 

Heading out for the day! 

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