Yesterday was our one full day in Paris, and we were determined to see as much as we could. After a breakfast of fresh strawberries from a market on Rue Cler and pastries from the bakery next door to out hotel, we walked 3 blocks to Champ du Mar, the large park in front of the Eiffel Tower. We had decided this was not a day to wait in lines and passed on going to the top. I did take photos from every possible angle, as well as things that caught my eye in the park.
From there we crossed the Seine and walked to the Arch de Triumph – Matt kept track of the embassies along the way, and I photographed beautiful doors. At the Arch we jut sat and watched the traffic for awhile. It is utterly amazing how all of the cars, trucks and buses go around the circle with no marked lanes and not run into each other. You have to see it to believe.
After walking down part of the Champs-Élysées, we crossed back over the Seine, and back to the hotel for a break. But instead, we decided to ride the Metro to the Louvre to see it just before closing. We made it in time to see a few exhibits, and discovered if you arrive late enough it’s free!