April 7 2017
Day 3 kicked off with an early breakfast and a brief wait in the priority line for the opening of the Louvre. The Louvre museum is so unfathomably large that there is no way to visit take it in in an entire week, much less one morning. Instead of trying to do so, we chose a few things that we wanted to see and focused on those areas.
To get it out of the way before the mobs of people came in, we first saw da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It is a perfectly fine painting, but there are many other things to see so we didn’t linger. While we were in that wing, we decided to walk around and see the other paintings in the Italian Painters section.
After this we went to the Ancient New Eastern wing en route to Ancient Egypt, which just so happened to be closed on the day of our visit (every Friday, in fact). We would revisit the Louvre to see the Ancient Egypt section on a later date near the end of the trip.
The last section of the Louvre that we visited before the museum fatigue set in was the Islamic art section.
Having extreme hunger to cure, we had a crêpe for lunch, which is basically a thin pancake folded up and stuffed with either sweet or savoury toppings. For lunch, we had ham and cheese.
After the Louvre, we returned to Notre Dame, where Amanda lit a candle for her Great Grandmother, Alexa Owen, who had passed away that week.
The next stop for the day was the Arc de Triomphe. Located in a giant roundabout at the far end of the Champs-Élysées from the Louvre, it is a monument to fallen soldiers from the French Revolution. Located underneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. We climbed to the very top and caught a great overhead view of the city.
After making our way back down from the Arc, we walked along the famous Champs-Élysées, stopping along the way for some coffee, popcorn, and a Nutella crêpe.
At the end of the Champs-Élysées is a giant Ferris wheel, the Roue de Paris. Amanda was a little nervous about it and certainly didn’t care for the second trip around the wheel, but we both liked the great views. More than the wheel itself, she was more interested in the Fast & Furious F8 cars that were parked in front of it when we showed up.
Although we hadn’t planned on doing so this day, we decided we had time to go to the Eiffel Tower. We got tickets to go to to summit, but only made it to the 2nd floor because of the line to utilise the tiny elevator that goes to the top. That was just fine for Amanda, as the 2nd floor was plenty high enough to invoke her fears. More importantly, it was plenty high enough to see across the whole city. After descending, we laid around in the gardens next to it and watched as it lit up for the night.
SUPER exhausted, we made our way back to the hotel for the night, but not before we each had another crêpe for dinner and another crêpe for dessert.