Getting up this morning was really difficult since we did not get to bed until after midnight due to skyping with Asta to sing her Happy Birthday. Important for three year olds. Have not heard how she made out with the presents yet. She was not in a chatty mood anyway.
So, we dragged ourselves up and ate breakfast here. We had shopped last night for some goodies so we made out okay. We walked up to the Eiffel Tower and caught the subway there and got off at Notre Dame. We walked over and lo and behold they had a lovely Christmas tree in front and an advent Wreath set up outside too.
Before we toured the Cathedral we went and toured the Catacombs. I thought that was what it was going to be but no, it was a museum about the original buildings on the Ille de Cite. They have uncovered the moat, the baths, and many other remains of pre-christian parts of the city. It was very interesting.
Then we went inside. There was a Mass just starting so I thought I would participate in that and Denis went off touring. It was interesting to hear the Mass in French and realize how lost one gets when out of your own language. But it was nice to be there with a group of people celebrating. Then I toured around and met up with Denis. We sat for a bit then decided there was no way I was going to climb over 422 steps up to the towers of Notre Dame. He could if he wanted to but no way was I going to do that climb. my feet already hurt and I had a lot of paintings I wanted to see.
To say Notre Dame is gorgeous is an understatement. It was truly beautiful and considering there were four architects designed it over 200 years it is pretty amazing.
So after than adventure we headed over to the Louvre. We first had coffee and a roll which was nice but I really should have had more since later it really showed that I was hungry and had low blood sugar.. but what the heck. We decided to get the audio tours and to split up for a few hours and meet again at 4:30. I saw so much. Saw some of the biggies like the Mona LIsa, Venus de Milo, but I was really looking forward to seeing the French painters but it seems that section just kept avoiding me. I did see lots of Rubins, Van Goghs, Rembrants, many greek and roman statues, french ones as well and then I found the Royal Rooms, wow, was all I could say and whistle a bit. Such opulence. I mean really. No wonder there was a revolution with people living like that while others were starving to death. So impressed with it all. You could spend a week there and not see it all. By 6:30 I had had it so we took off towards the apartment. We found a place to eat and again the meal was so so but the Creme Brule was very good so who cares about chicken that appeared reheated. Well actually since I was very hungry it was kind of frustrating. Then we walked back until we found a subway station and took the train back. So here we are, 10 pm and very tired. Still have not decided on what we will do tomorrow. Want to make sure we accomplish our top list of things. Having the pass for the transportation and admission to each venue is making this easier even if they make out on our purchase.
So here are more pictures from the Louvre… dream and then make your dreams come true.