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Day 60

Paris day 2

sunny 21 °C

We woke to a bright sunny morning. We had planned some outside and some inside activities so we were happy to see the sun. The high temperature for the day was only 21 C (70 F) so it has been a pleasant day.

We walked to our bus stop and rode the bus to the Metro (subway) and rode that down to the Louvre. This picture is of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which is a smaller Arc de Triomphe. This Arc de Triomphe is in the courtyard of the Louvre. The story is that Napoleon built this Arc de Triomphe as a gateway to the Tuileries Palace and then decided that it was not grand enough so built the larger one on the Champs-Elysees. The Palace of the Tuileries was destroyed in 1871 leaving a view from one Arc de Triomphe to the other.

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Reta refrains from taking pictures in art galleries but the crowd in the Louvre had no such scruples. Reta let her guard down and took a picture of "Winged Victory of Samothrace". This statue was discovered in 1836 and has been displayed in the Louvre since then. The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a 2nd-century BC marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). This statue is considered one of the Louvre's treasures.

Winged Victory

Winged Victory

This is a heading found in one of the Louvre's halls. The Louvre was founded in September 1792 and opened in August 1793.

Information about the Louvre

Information about the Louvre

We paid tribute to the Mona Lisa and viewed many of the galleries but did not visit all of them. This museum holds a huge number of art treasures from all over the world. One of the diamonds in the display of French Crown Jewels was 142 carats. It was very large.

After spending quite a bit of time in the Louvre we decided to eat our lunch on a bench in the Tuileries Garden which is next to the Louvre. We took pictures of some female statues which were frolicking in the gardens.

Female statues in the garden

Female statues in the garden

Female statues in the garden 2

Female statues in the garden 2

We discovered the secret to keeping all of those lawns trimmed so nicely.

Tuileries Garden lawn mowers

Tuileries Garden lawn mowers

We also found a couple of statues of Julius Caesar.

Julius Caesar 1

Julius Caesar 1

Julius Caesar 2

Julius Caesar 2

We got a view of the Luxor Obelisk in the Place de Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe in the background. The Luxor Obelisk was originally located at the entrance to the Luxor Temple in Egypt. This obelisk was a gift from the viceroy of Egypt to France in 1829.

The Luxor Obelisk and the Arc de Triomphe

The Luxor Obelisk and the Arc de Triomphe

There are a number of reclining figures in the Tuileries Garden. This one is a modern version.

Titled "Reclining Figure"

Titled "Reclining Figure"

Tuileries Garden information

Tuileries Garden information

We walked toward the Seine River and discovered that the roads and river are busy.

View of road and river traffic

View of road and river traffic

We stopped on the Pont de Solforino and got a very good view of the Grand Palais. Our tour guide yesterday told us that 6,000 tonnes of steel were used in the construction of the roof; it has more steel than the whole Eiffel Tower.

A good view of the Grand Palais

A good view of the Grand Palais

The Solforino bridge is one of the bridges that couples lock locks onto with their names or initials as a sign of their love. While is this discouraged, many refuse to give up the tradition.

Locks on the bridge

Locks on the bridge

As we walked away from the bridge to find a Hop On/Hop Off bus stop so we could catch a ride to the Eiffel Tower, we saw a number of sights.

Odd looking motor bike

Odd looking motor bike

Statue of Thomas Jefferson (American president and one of the contributors to the American Declaration of Independence)

Statue of Thomas Jefferson (American president and one of the contributors to the American Declaration of Independence)


Elephant Statue at Musee D'Orsay

Elephant Statue at Musee D'Orsay

Horse statue at Musee D'Orsay

Horse statue at Musee D'Orsay

Good view of Alexander III bridge - engineering marvel as 6 metres high single span steel arch bridge.

Good view of Alexander III bridge - engineering marvel as 6 metres high single span steel arch bridge.

Along the way to the Eiffel Tower we drove past the Luxor Obelisk and a lovely fountain in the Place de la Concorde. This area is not as nice as it could be because it is under renovating construction.

Fountain and obelisk

Fountain and obelisk

We also drove past the golden flame placed above the tunnel in which Princess Diana lost her life. This golden flame is a replica of the flame held by The Statue of Liberty.

Golden flame

Golden flame

We arrived at the Eiffel Tower. That area is also under construction so we had to walk around the fenced off area to get to the ticket office. The first line we got into was only for those willing to climb the steps to whatever height they would be allowed to reach. We then discovered another ticket booth and walked to that office but we were met by large crowds of people walking away. When we reached the area, security advised us that there was a security threat and that this ticket office and the elevators it served were being closed. So, we walked over to another ticket office. After we had been standing there for 15 or 20 minutes we were told that this ticket office was being closed. We decided that if there was a security problem that we would rather leave the area and so we did. We were disappointed as we thought an elevator ride on the Eiffel Tower would be a good experience. Our hearts went out to a young boy who walked by us with his family and said that he was disappointed that because of a security problem he was losing out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower


Looking up from under the Eiffel Tower

Looking up from under the Eiffel Tower

We caught our Hop On/Hop Off bus and rode it to the Metro Station and rode the subway to our local metro station. We then walked to a nearby grocery store and got some supplies. We walked back to our bus stop at the metro station and rode our bus back to our hotel.

We had a good day. We did many things we enjoyed. We were disappointed about the Eiffel Tower. We heard nothing on local news which is in French so we looked on the internet. BBC news reported: "The Eiffel Tower in Paris has been evacuated after an anonymous phone-call threatening an attack. An estimated 1,400 people were visiting the site when France's anti-terrorism police made the decision to clear it and set up a security perimeter."

Tomorrow we leave Paris and begin our drive back to Amsterdam.

Posted by A-RPoulton 12:34 Archived in France

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