Paris - The city of light (Wallets)
Paris Day 2
I have a health app on on my phone that keeps tack of my daily walking steps.
I got up early on Monday determined to set a new walking record. After a cup of Joe (that would be "tasse de Joe" in French), I crossed the street into the Tuileries Gardens and huffed it to the famous glass pyramid at the Louvre. I was 30 minutes early and still about the 150th in line. By the time they opened, I'm guessing there was well over a thousand people waiting. My plan was to do the Sully wing which is mainly sculptures (including the Venus de Milo), medieval life and smaller 19th century French paintings and drawings, but also wander into the other wings to see some of the larger French and Italian paintings (Mona Lisa included). It all worked, but after 3 hours of visual stimulation, jostling huge crowds as well as the unbelievable size of the Louvre, I was Louvred out and needed a beer and a chair. Voila! Paris has cafes! Up Avenue de L'Opera with a cafe stop, over to the Place de Madeleine and back to meet Cathy at the Westin Vendome where we are staying. After 15 minutes, we are off again. Up the Champs Élysées all the way up to the Arc de Triomph - with a brief sandwich stop at the lovely park lining this huge boulevard. We then hoped on the bus to the Eiffel Tower - which is waaay bigger than I imagined, took some selfies, hopped back on the bus to Notre Dame, walked all around Notre Dame (long, disheartening lines kept us outside), crossed the Sienne over to the St. Germaine area, wandered all around, bought an ice cream, got back on the bus to the Place de La Bastille, got off, thought we were in the La Marias district, but actually went the wrong way up to Boulevard Voltaire and the St. Ambroise Cathedral. Had another coffee, walked back towards the Picasso Museum into the real la Marias area, found a lovely restaurant (note the salmon and the steak tartar) and then walked all the way back up Rue de Rivoli to the Place Vendome, our hotel and an ice bucket for our feet at 10:30pm. The "health" app on my phone said 25,253 steps which is over 12.5 miles. The health app in my body said "sleep". Tomorrow we are sleeping in and taking a taxi wherever we go. Great day!