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... a long stretch of time. The twin pillars that make up the entrance are actually the newest part of the cathedral. You can't enter from the other side. Unfortunately for us, Christmas is coming and there was a giant Christmas tree right in the way of our pictures. There wasn't much we could do about it other than just grumble to ourselves. Entrance is free (there is an extra charge if you want to go up into the bell tower) and pictures are ...
... crypts, to find my second favourite Impressionist, Edgar DeGas's crypt and to look around. It's such a pretty and interesting place, not creepy at all even when we found an open grave. They lend you a laminated map to navigate your way around and it's eye opening Googling some of the names who rest there. We even found a rare spot which hasn't been purchased yet, spot 153P. Imagine, the likes of us amongst the likes of them. It's hard to believe that if we were all standing at the ...
... of French royalty, their recreated apartments and their material possessions. Finally we finished at the paintings, including of course, the Mona Lisa. While it is small, from what everyone was saying I was expecting it to be tiny!
After finishing up at the Louvre, we went for dinner at a buffet place by l'Arc du Triomphe. It brought back memories of London's dinners, enough said. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped by the Arc and took photos before catching the metro home.
... just enjoyment of the day divine. But back to the beginning and it's not all rosy... We decided that the bus is a much better way to traverse Paris. The Metro has too many stairs and the 'rabbit in the spotlight' experience when you emerge is too painful. At least with the bus you have a sense of arrival, even if the traffic and the potential crush is off putting. We started the day slowly, finally Parisienne style - late breakfast and late lunch. ...
Yesterday we walked along the champs élysées, had macaroons at Laduree and climbed the Arc de triomphe. We took the metro to the Pompidou centre and also toured the Orangerie museum, the museum had a nice feel and was the perfect size. Then we met up with our friends from Boulder, The ...