Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Break, Part One: Paris

Extremely sorry for the break in blogging, I've really busy the last couple weeks with work.  I'm going to pick up from where I left off, which was just before Spring Break after I had been in Rome for a couple weeks.
Two disclaimers: I'm breaking my posts about Spring Break into three parts, one for each city.  Also, it might take a while for pictures to be posted.

Here it goes:

First we went to Paris for a couple days.  Arriving Monday morning, we saw the Cathedral of Notre Dame.  We climbed to the top of the cathedral and got a great view of the city.  Then we walked around and saw more of the city.  For dinner we ate at a restaurant, the only one time we did while we were there. I had onion soup and beef bourgignon, both of which were excellent.  Tuesday we climbed the Eiffel Tower in the morning.  Afterwards, we had a baguette fight on the grass in front of it and hung out for a bit.  Then we crossed the river and walked up the Champs d'Elysses to the Arc di Triomphe.  We got some macaroons from a famous place there, and they were amazing.  Then we tried to go to the Louvre museum, but it was closed on Tuesdays.  So instead we went to the Musee d'Orsay.  It was pretty cool, it had art from after the 1800s.  So we saw some Monet and Van Gogh.  After that we decided to go check out the Paris opera house.  It was really beautiful, and it was the opera house where the Phantom of the Opera was based on I believe.  Wednesday Leo and I took in the Louvre in less than two hours.  We decided to only do one wing, and see all the Italian and Northern European art, along with ancient pieces from the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.  It was mind blowing how much stuff was in just that one wing.  After that we had to leave to catch our flight to Manchester, England, and then connect to Munich.

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