Hotel Etats-Unis Opera
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... arrow to it. In Versailles they used metal nails and they kinda stick up cuz the wood has worn down. In the Louvre, they had what looked like wooden nails but it was newer and not worn at all. Okay, well I thought it was interesting. Oh, and I got a picture of the jewels (pic 14). They were green and pretty.
A couple other things of interest. I saw the very first female nude sculpture (pic 15), or what was left of it anyway. Apparently, a guy named Praxiteles ...
... am and it was open. At 9 o'clock we gained entrance to the building, walked up a flight of stairs and then walked down a very long hallway which was empty with a lot of spectacular art. It was surreal as there was no one in the building. We got to the Mona Lisa room which was empty other then for two guards. The children and Cheryl lined up and I got a photo of them with the Mona Lisa and had a few moments with her by ourselves. The room started ...
... not sure how we accomplished this feat. The Louvre itself is an architectural marvel that made my jaw drop but the biggest highlight was finally meeting the phenomenon that is Ms. Lisa, the star of my Form 2 history class. I have to say she didn't disappoint, if I was to ever have a portrait done of me I would like it to be in a similar style. Just saying... Legend has it, ...
... not to go there... like Time Square in New York, but we didn't have many options. It was a nice walk and it wasn't too cold so it was fine. We wandered back to the hotel and had dinner reservations at Benoit, which is an Alain Ducasse restaurant. It was an old school French brasserie and the menu reflected that. We got snails, which we've had at almost every meal here, sole, and bean cassoulet. ...
... the Galleries Lafayette home and food hall, which was really busy. We looked for other shops but of course it is Monday – so not many were open. Never mind – Italy is much better for shopping. For the first time ever we have also noticed the less than friendly attitude of just some Parisians. It seems a smile is a bit harder round here – but having said that – not many people are like that. The hotel staff has been wonderful as ...