Tuesday, June 20

Paris 2 of 3: Saturday, or how I took a million pictures of/from the Eiffel Tower

We did a lot on Saturday. First, we beat the crowds to the Eiffel Tower. We only had to wait about 45 minutes on the ground to get to the second floor, from which we got up to the top without waiting again. The Eiffel Tower is just under 1,000 feet tall and it was built in 1887-89.

the Arc de Triomphe from the top of the Tour Eiffel
the Louvre is the long building on the other side of the river

a view of the lines from the first floor

Napoleon's tomb
It it quite similar to the rotunda of Wisconsin's capitol. Here's the big little man, himself.
We then went to the greatest art museum in the world, the Lovre. I felt bad about being in a museum and slowly shuffling instead of stopping but we only had two hours. We followed the crowd to the Mona Lisa. I would have taken a picture, but they don't allow pictures in some parts of the museum. It was most awesome. Luckily, there wasn't a line, it was more of a crowd in front of her with guards in suits who swatted at people attempting to take pictures.
big art
famous art (Venis de Milo)
old art
functional art (Hammurabi's Code) It is the first set of written laws in history.
future art
Glass Onion? No, glass pyramid!
The French Navy was out on full patrol. Just kidding!
We finally made it to Notre Dame after escaping from a French restaurant that held us hostage for 2.5 hours for dinner. I mean, of course we paid for it; we didn't run out on the bill. We then climbed the 80 metres to the top.
You'd figure that after having sat there for hundreds of years, the one on the corner would have conquered its fear of heights.
Then we went and did a nighttime boat cruise on the Seine. The buildings are even prettier when lit up. The recording was in about a dozen different languages and the English voice refered to the Eiffel Tower as a "three story metallic assembly".

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