It rained on and off today, but I don't care -- I'M IN PARIS!
Here's a quick review of the day:
We arrived at our hotel after a delayed flight out of JFK (bad weather) and lots of traffic on the way from the airport. Fortunately, the hotel still had its breakfast service out, complete with fruit salad, croissants from Gerard Mulot and, to my daughter's delight, hot chocolate and individual servings of Nutella.
After a nap (we only got about three hours of sleep on the flight), we started the dinner service at a lovely brasserie.
Then it was off for a walk to the Louvre. En route, we crossed one of the Parisian bridges covered in love locks.
All the sights made it a little hard to get to the museum quickly (for once, my girls were as camera happy as I was), but we finally arrived.
Of course, we were part of the Mona Lisa Friday night posse, but we also saw Winged Victory, The Raft of Medusa, and countless other treasurers. Even the walls and ceilings of the museum are works of art.
I'm looking forward to comparing these beautiful exhibition halls with those at the Musee d'Orsay.
We exited from the lower level, walking past the bottom of the glass pyramid and through some Roman ruins.
Then we enjoyed the Jardin de Tulieres, with its fun contrast of sculpture, manicured hedges, and a ferris wheel,
along with its view of the Eiffel Tower.
We ended the day with a box of mini macaroons, but those were all gone before I got a picture.
We're heading to a museum tomorrow (we haven't agreed on which one yet), but rain or shine we'll be taking a bike tour of the city in the afternoon, followed by a dinner with friends coming in from Geneva in the evening. Au revoir!