Saturday, April 25, 2009

Paris - 3/19/09 and 3/20/09

We started out our first day in Paris with a visit to the Eiffel Tower.

Unbeknownst to us, there was a nation-wide transit strike going on, so it took 30 minutes to get a Metro train. We visited the Archaeological Crypt first and then Notre Dame. Love the flying buttresses.

Later, we saw a bunch of Sorbonne students protesting in solidarity with the striking transit workers. They had a banner about "being ready to air our general grievances" that they probably pull out for every protest.

I spent a lot of time consulting my Rick Steves book.

We toured the Louvre.

We then enjoyed a gorgeous walk through the gardens and up Champs-Élysées. There was some kind of military observance going on at Arc de Triomphe, so we didn't get to go inside.

We had an INCREDIBLE dinner at Le Griffonier just off Champs Elysées with several of Ed's classmates (SF08).

The next day, we squeezed in a quick visit at the Rodin Museum. Here, Ed thinks with The Thinker.

Next we went to Musee de l'Armee (Army Museum), which was my favorite Paris museum. We only had time to see the medieval armor and the WWI/WWII exhibits, unfortunately. Then we went to Musée d'Orsay. This half of the diptyque "Rêve antique" by Émile-René Ménard made me think of Aimee.

The king's chapel at Sainte-Chapelle was AMAZING.

"Misuse will be punished." This was on the train from Paris back to Frankfurt.

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