Thursday we visited two of the biggest paris attractions: Notre Dame and Le Louvre.
We contemplated doing the tour at Notre Dame, but the line to get into the main section was the shortest we had see it all week so we just went for that. Some day I would like to go up the towers too, and follow more of the history of the building, but it was pretty amazing just seeing the main section. Once again, the audio guide kept Laura interested for a longer period of time.
It rained most of the night and the forecast was for rain all day, but we were fairly lucky. After leaving Notre Dame, we walked the 25 minutes to the Louvre without needing umbrellas, and the skies brightened a bit in the afternoon. Our museum pass allowed us to bypass a ridiculous line, and the crowds at the musuem were unlike any I have ever seen. Fortunately the place is massive, so we didn’t have much trouble moving around. We wanted to see the Crown Jewels, but that wing was closed, so we headed over to see Napolean III’s apartments, and along the way saw a lot of French history. The kids favourites were the sculptures, and the pictures show you why Laura liked them. (Okay, everyone liked the “first selfie” statue.)
I wanted to see the Michaelangelo just so I could say I had seen it. Along the way, we found a room where you can touch the statues (reproductions), and this really caught Laura’s fancy. Including lunch, we were in the museum for about 4 hours, although bunch of that time was spent just getting our bearings. The kids just had to go on one more ride a the Tuileries, so we acquiesced. A quick metro ride took us back to Le Marais and Berthillon. I’m writing this in Square Jean XXIII, a park next to Notre dame, while the kids play on a climbing structure. After all the walking we have done today (about 10km), I am amazed that they have enough energy to play in a playground. Our next task is the difficult one of finding a place to eat. With no network, it is hard to do research, and we are usually too tired to look very long.
Edit: So tired, in fact, that I forgot to write yesterday’s blog post. We did end up having a lovely Basque dinner tonight, with a pretty good Basque beer.