Louvre by day, Eiffel tower by night

Monday, May 30, 2016

We had one full day in the city of Paris to explore, so we pretty much were able to hit the highlight reel. We spent the morning at the Louvre. Were there when it opened and headed straight to the Mona Lisa (after getting lost a bit) before the crowds built too much. Then meandered around the rest of the place. We are acknowledgedly not huge museum people.  We can handle it for a little while but after a little bit we find ourselves restless. So after a quick lunch at the Louvre overlooking the courtyard we headed out and walked around outside a bit.

Went and found Laduree, bought some pretty and colorful macaroons and took them to a nearby park to sit and eat and people watch.

Then we walked down to the arch de triumph.

And did a little shopping along Champs-Elysees, until it was time to meet our tour guide for the Eiffel tower tour. We bought tickets for a guided tour ahead of time so we would be sure to not have to stand in line...and have an English speaking experience. It was really nice to be in a group of all English speaking Americans for a little while. The Eiffel tower was great and the views were beautiful. Andrew went to the next to the top floor and sent me all the way up to the tip top alone. Apparently his fear of heights is just a tad stronger than mine.

By this point in the day we were tired and hungry so we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner. Dinner this night was at Atelier Maitre Albert, this really cool, contemporary Rotisserie. We did the tasting (or Degustation in French) menu of six courses. It was really good and a fun night to try new foods without having to make complicated choices from a menu.

After dinner we headed back to the hotel for the night. We had to be up early the next day to take the train out to the happiest place on earth in Europe - Disneyland Paris. :)

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