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[Entry 31] The box-ticker's tour of Paris.

31 December 201001:39AMepic-triptravel

YesterdayTwoThree days ago's post got a bit pensive, so I'll compensate for that today with lots of pretty pictures and not much content. Also, because I'm in Paris and we're goingwent to the Louvre todayyesterday and I haven't gotdidn't have a lot of time.

So after we'd arrived in Paris and checked the car in and checked into the hotel and had lunch (where dad misread the bill and tipped the waitress 10 Euros), we went for a little walk, to see the sights. We ended up seeing almost all of them, 'ticking all the boxes' as it were. We started off walking down towards the river when I spotted the Pompidou center. Dad didn't really 'get' the whole inside out building idea, but I think it's fantastic.

Next we walked down the street, and found the river. We walked along that too.

Then we found the Louvre (I keep saying found because it wasn't entirely intentional that we visit these things, we just happened to pass them on the way.)

And the Jardin des Tuileries, where there were_ so many statues._

We'd originally intended to just walk down the Champs Elysees, which we eventually did. At the top of the Champs Elysees, we met this guy, who's a long way from home:

And a man with huge bubbles. That's not a euphemism.

The Champs Elysees is long and busy and full of shops and tourists, and nothing like you'd expect it to be from the movies. This is more or less congruent with the rest of the trip so far- movies cannot be trusted.

Also, the Grand Palais.

Of course, at the bottom of the Champs Elysees is the Arc de Triomphe, which has become an interesting combination of a Napoleonic monument (the arch itself) and a World War memorial (the eternal flame and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath it), which really made me realise: damn France has been through a lot, historically speaking. I'm surprised it still exists.

And then, to top it all off, the Eiffel Tower. It was nighttime by then (It gets dark pretty early here- 4ish- and doesn't get light until almost 8.) and foggy, which for once made the pictures look better because you could see the spotlights at the top of the tower. As we were walking underneath it, it dripped on me. I need a T-shirt that says, I WAS DRIPPED ON BY THE EIFFEL TOWER.

And then we took the Metro back, from this funky looking station.

And went to bed.
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