Just trying to recover...
We went out for a short walk later that afternoon. We went to the Lourve (closed) and stopped by a market to buy bread, cheese and bottled water for that night in the hotel room.
Musee du Louvre - Notre-Dame - Musee d'Orsay
Mac Donalds - A little civilization!!
'Le Moulin de la Gallette', 1876 by Renoir at the Musee d'Orsay
Self Portrait by Van Gough at Musee d'Orsay
Whistler's Mother at Musee d'Orsay
The Mona Lisa (behind glass) at Musee du Louvre
The Venus de Milo at Musee du Louvre
Versailles - drive by Eiffel Tower
This place is EXPENSIVE, bring lots of money... last night we spent over 300 Francs ($60) for two small plates (remember the Wendy's TV ad with Dave looking at the very small helpings on his plate at a French cafe?), two drinks, and we split a dessert. This was one of the cheap places!
But, where else can you see this kind of stuff!!
The Gardens of Versailles
Louis XIV at Versailles
Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
Opera National de Paris & Eiffel Tower
After looking at these palaces and the Opera these last days, I have been amazed at what a Monarch can do with unlimited tax dollars. These rulers did not get it... they just kept spending money until the poeple finally got together and rebeled, usually with some dramatic results (Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette found out how serious the working class was!).
But politics aside, these places are so incredible!! Everytime you think you have seen opulance, you turn the corner to see even more opulance!!
I hope you get a flavor of the grandure from these pictures.
Later today we do the Eiffel Tower.....
You do not realize how big this thing is until you stand under it!
Eiffel Tower at night
General picture taking.... leaving.
The most difficult part was the incredible heat wave that started when we got there and stopped on our last day. Most places have no air conditioning, including our room. This made the evenings real miserable until we asked for a fan. Even then it was just tolerable. Us old, fat, Americans cannot remember the last time we had to live like this!
We went out for our last few hours before the flight to try to capture some of the style of the city. We realized that we were so wrapped up in the museums, that we did not portray any of the city and people.... here is our offering.
"The Last Meal in Paris"
What was left....
A real Parisian sidewalk Cafe
looking back at the Opera district
A 'organ grinder'
with his cat and dog...no monkey
last ramp at Charles de Gaulle airport
We are out of here, see you in Amsterdam!