Paris Day 2

Trip Start Jan 28, 2008
Trip End May 29, 2008

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Today Lauren and I woke up with plans of going to the Musee D'Orsay and the Louvre. Well, the line at Orsay was literally like 500 people out the door, standing in the rain and hardly moving. So, hating to wait in line as much as I do (it's my biggest pet peeve), we went to get some food. Gotta love Paris and the euro; a ham sandwich and fries cost us 35 bucks, and we shared 1 bottle of water!

We then went to the Louvre, and the line was moving rather quickly, so we hopped in. On the way there, it was raining, as it had ALL week, so I jokingly said come on God give us some sun. Well, haha he did about 5 minutes later. The line lasted about 40 minutes, and we were off to explore. One thing that REALLY sucks about everything in Paris is that everything in the museums is in French. While that might sound ridiculous to complain about, EVERY other country we've been through has at least some english translations. I mean, considering the size of the tourist economy english speaking countries provide, I think paris could give us a few translations.

The Louvre was very cool. Lauren and I have about the same tolerance for a museum, which works out nicely. Wanna see if you're compatible with someone? Go to Europe and go to a lot of museums/castles, and see if one of you hates the way the other one does things. Haha but we had no such problems. We saw the Mona Lisa, which reminds me of America. I mean, who is better at turning something that is seemingly worthless or ugly into something priceless than America? Anyways, she sucks, and she's behind about 4 inches of glass, so you can't really get close anyways.

Lauren and I had a lot of the same tastes in the paintings. After we had been there for about 3 hours, we bailed for crepes. We had some at this little outdoor cafe right there in the gardens outside the Louvre. She had the equivalent of apple pie and ice cream stuffed in a crepe, or shall we say a super crepe. I had one with strawberry jam. Then I took her to Gallerie Lafayette. Not sure about the spelling there, but it's basically the most intricate and over the top mall in the world. We couldn't afford to even breathe in there, but it was cool to see, and I have some pics that show how nice it is.

Then it was off to the Eiffel Tower, which was AWESOME. It is absolutely enormous. Anyways, after gawking, we took some pictures, had a little fun, and hopped on the subway. We had to meet everyone else, including matt's parents and another matt. We ate dinner at Leon De Brussels, a mussel house on Champs De Elysee, It was really good. Lauren was brave and ate mussels! She liked them too. We stayed there for about 3 hours, and had a blast. Thanks for that dinner again, Pam and Mike!

After that, the girls all had a crepe, and we had the bartender open up a bottle of wine. I had intended on taking the bottle home to the hotel for us all, but the guy threw away the cork. So we drank it on Champ De Elysee. At one point, a bum came up with a cup, and I told him I didn't have any change. He shook his head, and I realized he was after the wine! I said, "Oh! Yea man, giddy up." And poured him some. He probably had no idea what I was talking about. Haha oh well.

We headed home and went to bed. It was another long, good day.
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