Sunday, February 22, 2015

Paris: Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, and the Louvre

We landed in the Charles de Gaulle Airport in the afternoon and took a taxi to our apartment. The next day we decided to take the metro into the city and walk down Champs-Élysées, through the market, and then go to the Louvre. I tried to get a good photo of the Arc de Triomphe, but I didn't have my proper camera with me (there's a lot of pickpocketing and mugging in France, so I didn't want to risk it), plus with so many people walking around it just didn't turn out how I wanted it to. But it was alright... We continued our walk down the avenue, a lot of pushing and shoving and trying-to-get-through going on around us (there are so many people and so many tourists it is not even funny). Nothing much interesting happened there, and we didn't buy anything because things in France are priced very highly, but obscenely so on Champs-Élysées. We got to the markets and walked around some more -- that's basically what we did that day. We got to a stall where they were selling a huge artisan loaf of rye bread. (By huge I mean that it got up to my four year old sister's hips and was wider than both her legs.) We bought it because we just had to; we kept strolling. Not long after, my brother told me to look at another kid about our age who was definitely a tourist. My brother said, "He saw the bread and he was so happy he was nearly crying. I've never seen a happier kid." I looked at the kid and he was smiling. I laughed at what my brother said though. Laughed then, laughed that night, and I still laugh. You had to be there to understand it, I guess, because you are probably thinking, What's so funny about that? Or maybe my humour is just a bit... odd. :) Either way, it was funny. 
We got to the end of the avenue and were standing in front of the Louvre. We went inside, bought tickets, and walked around a bit. As I've said before, I'm not very fond of museums even though I know I should be. After awhile, we went to the area where they keep all the paintings, because my sister wanted to see the Mona Lisa. We were there, so we had to see it, but to be honest I wasn't expecting much. And that was a good thing because if I had expected more, I would've been disappointed. Here's what I wrote about it on the day we went:

                        This is the worst photo of the Mona Lisa, but I was being pushed and shoved from every side and  
                      the painting is pretty small. (Not to be 'negative Nancy', but it is just another painting...)

I'll attach what I wrote to friends and family of the whole day:

                    Whew! Although I am missing Israel (it was incredible), I took a total of 80 photos on our first  
                     day out in Paris. First impressions: they really actually don't like English-speakers, smiles are 
                     hard to come by, everything is expensive, it's not the cleanest city, and Paris is a big melting 
                     pot. 
                     Anyway, today we took the metro to Champs-élysées, where we saw the Arc de Triomphe,  
                     walked the actual avenue, went into the Louvre (where we saw the Mona Lisa), and 
                     glimpsed the Eiffel Tower. We'll go there tomorrow.

And so, the next post is the Eiffel Tower (and probably a few other things). I took my big camera, so there will be much better photos than these ones today. Keep checking back... :)

3 comments:

  1. I don't think your humour is odd, in fact, I'm still laughing at your brother's comment too, and at you, laughing at your brother's comment!!
    We did have a good time in Paris, despite all the things you mentioned.
    Good photos :))

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  2. I like the eighth photo down - that building. :) Everything kind of looks gray and dreary... but I guess it was winter over there wasn't it? So, did you actually eat the loaf of bread?
    Anyway, I'm looking forward to your next post. :) And I am reading them all, even if I don't comment. :)

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    1. Yes, we did eat the bread, but it was so big that some of it got fungus at the end.... That building is the Louvre looking from the inside.

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thanks for the thoughts!