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  • Trip Report Joe's summer trip to Paris France

    Sadly yesterday was our last day at Disneyland, but today we're heading into the city of Paris.
    It's been a very eventful trip and we've see a bunch of things. First Theresa and I explored Rome Italy for 3 days. Then we continued on to Florence Italy. We just finished 3 days at Disneyland Paris

    We found a train car with hardly anyone in it and sat and enjoyed the trip to Paris. Well as much as possible. We were serenaded by a guitar player for a few stops who then came around asking for money. Then a few stops later we had an accordion player hop on and do the same thing.

    Just as we were nearing our stop and crossing the Seine, we finally see the Eiffel tower up close.

    We exit the train and right there is our hotel, the Eiffel Seine.

    And just outside the window, we can look down and see the train tracks along with the river Seine.

    Lots of good places around but eventually we decide on So Good Bagel.

    They served bagel sandwiches with lots of different things to choose.

    I make my own bagel with cream cheese, chicken, salami, crispy onions and avocado. It was messy but good.

    Theresa was worried about climbing up the stairs of the Eiffel tower, but she should have been more concerned with all the steps here. To get to the top of the hill, she would need to climb 285 stairs. What a trooper.

    Once inside the church, we learn that no photos are allowed, though plenty of people are taking them. The guards have their hands full.

    Back down the hill, and we walk to another Metro station and transfer to get us over to the Rodin museum.

    Here we all pick up the museum pass for 54 Euro each. It gets us in lots of places around Paris.

    When you think Rodin, you think of The Thinker. The Thinker is outside in the garden and at the moment he's probably thinking "How do I get this pigeon off my head."

    Inside there is a museum showcasing some of Rodin's models.

    A model of the Three Shades who stand at the entrance to Hell. They are very reminiscent of the Prisoners carved by Michelangelo. We'll see those at the Louvre tomorrow.

    Back outside we wander the gardens. If only the Thinker was facing the other way, he'd have a view of the Eiffel tower.

    But looking this way, he can see all the beautiful flowers.

    A full sized statue of the Three Shades. T and I try to emulate them.

    While in Florence we saw the Gates of Paradise. Here in Paris we're getting a look at the Gates of Hell. It's based on Dante's Inferno.

    Back outside we explore the garden and look for a place for dinner.

    Just outside the museum we finally figured out why all these stickers were on this pole. Admission to the Rodin museum comes with a different color sticker depending on the day. Looks like when people leave, this is where all the stickers end up.

    We decide to get back to the hotel and do more research for dining places there. So should we walk for ~30 minutes to get home or take the metro and 2 transfers? We decide to spend the money and take the metro, though it still takes us 25 minutes.
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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Paris France

    We saw a whole bunch of stuff on our first full day in Paris. So much that I'm breaking it into 4 different posts!

    I had some concerns the night before that the noise from the metro would be constantly waking us up all night, but luckily it never did!

    Ruston and Jacob met Theresa and I at 9am and we all headed out for some breakfast. We found a small grocery shop just down the street where they were baking the croissants fresh right there and are constantly pulling new ones out of the ovens.

    I always appreciate the well organized Metro lines whenever we're traveling. We're going all over the city today and exclusively using the trains.

    We walked a few steps back then got in the middle of the crosswalk in an intersection and could see it much better, so we took photos from there.

    We walked up close to it, then around to the side. There is some remodeling being done to the outside and the parts that are finished at least are looking much better.

    Check out the Before on this side.

    And the After on the other.

    Instead, we circled the building, looking at all the sculptures and adornments.

    Time for our next stop. We hopped back on the Metro and started heading towards Notre Dame Cathedral. The Metro stop is on the other side of the river, so we had a nice stroll while we made our way to the church.

    We sit and as Ruston called it, bask in the cathedral. Ruston reads to us the history of the cathedral from the Rick Steves guide while we bask.

    Oooh. Gargoyles!

    He gets a family photo in front of him.

    The entire center of the nave is closed for mass. We get in right around 11:55 and mass is at noon.

    We circle around to the various chapels.

    We get a pretty good view of the South Rose window. Beautiful.

    Our museum pass gets us up to the top of the Notre Dame bell towers for free so that's where we'll be going next.
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    • #3
      Re: Joe's summer trip to Paris France

      Wow, you had quite an adventure in Europe! I didn't realize there was more from your trip! Been loving your Europe Trip reports; keep the entries coming! Can't wait to see the rest of your trip!
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      • #4
        Re: Joe's summer trip to Paris France

        Ruston, Jacob, Theresa and I are exploring Paris today. We've just exited the inside of Notre Dame cathedral and happen upon what was once the very center of the city of Paris.

        We enter the doors and start heading up a spiral staircase.

        The first stop is actually the gift shop/ticket office a few stories up. They hold you here for 10 minutes before letting you continue.

        Once we reach the top, there are some great views all around the cathedral.

        The gargoyle looking off towards the Eiffel tower.

        Oh Ruston.

        We give Theresa a call and wave to her.

        She grabs a picture of all of us.

        Looking back towards the cathedral between the two bell towers.

        See those columns between the bell towers?

        Quasimodo was chained to them in the Disney movie.

        One of the stranger gargoyles who appears to be biting the head off a chicken.

        We squeezed along the narrow pathway towards the southern bell tower.

        And see another gargoyle overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel tower.

        Looking over towards Montmartre.

        And getting a better view of the Eiffel tower.

        You're certainly a ways up at 315 feet above the ground.

        On the way down, Ruston gives us his best Quasimodo impression. Oh Ruston. You make us laugh.

        We met up with T and we're all pretty hungry, so we headed to lunch.
        It's fantastic to have an international data plan on the phone. T Yelped a Chinese place close by that is supposed to have good roasted duck. What? This is Paris, why not Chinese food?

        We were seated right away, placed our order and were brought a whole 0.5L of tap water to split between the four of us, about 4 oz each. They were pretty slow to bring us more.

        As far as the meal goes, what we got was pretty tasty. Ruston got chicken and vegetables, T got beef fried rice and roast duck with rice. Jacob and I split sweet and sour chicken and pineapple chicken. It all costs about 55 Euro ($76), so a fairly expensive lunch, but it was still good.

        After filling our bellies, we had one more thing we had to do at the cathedral.
        Underneath Notre Dame are the ruins from Roman times. There are still some crumbled walls and arches underneath everything above.

        There were some touch screens that showed what Notre Dame looked like while it was being built and the various stages of construction. Interesting, but hard to be impressed by it when we just walked around the beauty of what was above.

        We'll continue the next part of the trip report at the Louvre!
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          Re: Joe's summer trip to Paris France

          This morning we explored the Opera House and Notre Dame. Now it's time to see one of the best museums in the world! The Louvre!

          The special entrance is closed right now so we go in through the regular entrance. There is a shorter line on the side for those of us with the Museum Pass, so we go there.

          Hi Ruston!

          Off to the Denon wing which holds things like Venus de Milo, Winged Victory and other things. We only had 1.5 hours to see everything on the Rick Steves guided tour so we had to cut a few things short.

          T always enjoys seeing old coinage.

          The Winged Victory of Samothrace. Estimated to have been carved around 200 BC.

          We walked through the museum pretty quickly since it was closing very soon.

          Of course you can't leave without seeing the Mona Lisa. As usual, it's a madhouse around the painting.

          But with the right lens, and standing in the right spot, you can make it look like it's just you and her.

          Directly opposite the Mona Lisa is the largest painting in the Louvre's collection. The Wedding at Cana was painted in 1563 and measures 22' by 32'.

          Measuring almost a large at 20' by 32' The Coronation of Napoleon depicts the moment when Napoleon removed his own laurel and crowned himself, instead of letting the pope do it.

          One of the last major paintings we see is The Raft of Medusa. By this point, the docents have started forming a line and are moving people towards the exits.

          As we're shuffled out, we see one of Theresa's favorite sets of statues by Michelangelo. Titled the Slaves, we saw their counterparts, The Prisoners, in Florence just a week ago. Because they're unfinished, it appears that these men are struggling to pull themselves out of stone they're carved into. You can see the strain in their muscles as they pull against the stone.

          You can see the docents in the picture below forming the line behind us, moving everyone out. The docents have a no nonsense approach and are actually yelling at people who are standing around taking photos.

          To finish up, we grab a couple more photos underneath the huge glass pyramid.

          After only an hour fifteen, the museum is closed and we have to leave.

          Luckily for T and I though, we'll be back in a couple days during our free day in Paris to spend a little more time here.

          We make our way back to the hotel, but our night isn't quite over. There's one more huge icon in Paris that we need to go see. It's been a busy first day here in Paris! We'll continue there in the next post.
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          I stayed overnight in the Disneyland Dream Suite! Read all about it here!
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            Re: Joe's summer trip to Paris France

            it's nice to see my city and home DIsney Park and RER Station . What do you think of DLP ?
            HKDL : Done !!!


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