THURSDAY, MAY 30
We woke up early, ate breakfast at our hotel and took the subway up to the Arc de Triomphe. Napoleon had the Arc de Triomphe commissioned to commemorate his victory at the battle of Austerlitz. It was a lot bigger than I'd imagined! We headed right up the stairs for a view from the top because we were worried it might rain on us. Luckily the weather held out for a few hours. Our legs were burning as we pushed up the 284 stairs at a brisk pace. We even passed a few people in the spiral stairwell who had to stop for breathers. There are no elevators, so it's either suck it up or miss the view, so we kept pushing on towards the top and we were glad we did. It was beautiful up there! This view from the top is looking toward the Eiffel Tower.
The Musee d'Orsay houses art from the 1800's and 1900's, so basically it starts up where the Louvre ends. They have fantastic works from Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Cezanne, etc. I actually recognized a few more of the works in this museum.
After the Orangerie we hopped the subway back to Rue Cler by our hotel and ate a real dinner at a sit down restaurant. It was the only real live sit down dinner we ate in Paris, which is probably a shame -- but it was either eat a 3-hour dinner or see 3 more hours of a museum. And mostly we chose museums!
After dinner we felt a little rejuvenated and we had a few more subway passes to burn through so we decided to hop on up to the Moulin Rouge and see the red windmill. It was starting to rain fairly steady when we got there, so we snapped a pic and headed back home. But lets just say that neighborhood is a little seedy! :o
We woke up and packed up our bags to prepare for the long flight home. We took a few last photos on the balcony from our room and then we ate breakfast at the hotel and left our bags in the luggage room.
We hopped the subway back to our hotel, picked up our luggage, and headed toward the airport. On our way to the airport Chris had like 6 euros in coins left in his pocket, so when we walked past a bakery he told me to go inside and buy one last amazing Parisian pastry for us to gobble up on the sidewalk. And I did. And it did not disappoint.
Here we are in the Charles DeGaulle International Airport, waiting for our flight back home. It was fun, Paris!