Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
15Trip End Jul 04, 2008
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Yesterday was a fine day. It was better than our jam packed first tour day. It's been very difficult for me to live such a structured schedule especially when I normally don't wake up until about ten when I travel and I party away the nights. It's not like it here because we have to be able to see everything possible in Paris because who knows when we can see all the sights anytime else. I think that the schedule will be a bit more lax the next time I come back because at least then the major things are out of the way. However, it was interesting to find out how much Paris really does have to offer and perhaps it was good that we got into the quick pace so that we can see other things as well
Next we went to the Musee d'Orsay. I wasn't too excited because you can only enjoy so much artwork honestly. I've been to say many museums and I'm not sure what I get out of them anymore. But it was really fun to see artwork as interpreted by the others in my group. With very little art history combined between all of us, we were seeing the pieces in a different light. As Linda said, it's better to see the art through the eyes of a child, where the rudimentary techniques are more exciting than the interpretation and emotion behind it. While it's very important to see art that way, it can be difficult to enjoy unless you're a connosieur. I'm not and I was very tired so I was more than happy to join in our game of posing as the statues did for our photos. Lunch was nice because we went to this little jardins (Remarquables?) which had nice amazing long lines of trees and avenues of benches
Then Linda left and we went to the Arc De Triomph. It was very triumphant. Can't say much else. I've seen it before and we left because it was too hot. The Palatine stayed and toured the Champs d'Elysees while we went shopping - our favorite pasttime. I didn't find anything for me but while we were shopping I was surprised when my phone rang. First caller on my new phone - all I had before was just texts. It was just Bryan - my brother in law, but it was neat to be able to talk to someone from back home. At least the phone was worthwhile since it can receive calls and we don't have to schedule all the time just to get to talk to each other.
That night we just took our Rick Steves book and put it aside for a while. We decided to go to this street that I found last night and just find a place to eat there because there were a lot of neat take-aways and cheap ethnic food restaurants. We found this one cafe by chance and they didn't have English menus so we just took a chance at what sounded good
The next day everyone left and we separated onto our own little tours. I had a little bit of rest and got to see the Luxembourg gardens, which I had wanted to see since the last time that i was in Paris. I also found this nice little church by Chatelet. Got some amazing pictures. If I hadn't wandered off or gotten the tour last night, I wouldn't have known how to truly get lost in Paris but still find my way back.