I decided to have a rematch with the Louvre, seeing as how I only saw about a quarter of it in the first 3-hour dual we had. This time I spent about 4 hours and probably got to about the 2/3 mark, maybe. One thing that helps is that the cards on all the paintings are all written in French, which does me no good. This is helpful, though, because if I could read the cards I never would have made it off the first floor of the first wing! Here’s some of my favorites from my 2nd time around.
I think my favorite was the re-creation of Napolean’s Apartment.
Besides this apartment, here are some of my other favorite pieces.
The little boy riding a snail.
This next one I found pretty amusing.
After round 2, the result, not surprisingly, is Louvre: 2 – Nick: 0. Maybe next time.
Paris pretty much has a dual personality, kind of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You have to see everything during the day, but then again at night because I think everything looks better lit up at night. I think the Eiffel Tower at night was my favorite. See what you think.
I didn’t actually get to go up the Eiffel Tower like I wanted because both times I tried, once it was raining, and the other time the very top was shut so you could only go to the 2nd level. I wasn’t about to wait in line for an hour if I couldn’t go all the way up. One really cool thing, though, is that every hour the tower sparkles for 5 minutes. It’s actually really cool to see. We happened to get there about 10 minutes to 11, so it worked out pretty good.
Next on our schedule was the Arc de Triomphe. I had to crank up the ISO on my camera to get some of these shots.
Next up: Moulin Rouge. This place especially looks a lot better lit up at night.
So the moral of the story is that everything in Paris looks better at night.
One afternoon I went on a tour of the Montmartre district of Paris. This area has always been known for it’s artists, writers, poets, etc. Some famous names that have lived in this area include Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh. I’m sure there’s been many more as well.
We began the tour in front of the Moulin Rouge, yes the one that was in the video. Moulin Rouge means red windmill in French. I almost wanted to go see a show there and see what all the hype was about, but the 95 euro pricetag for an hour and a half show was a little out of my budget. So instead I took a picture of it.
The Moulin Rouge is at the beginning of the Red Light District of Paris. People call it the little brother to Amsterdam, but it still has a lot of sex shops, strip clubs, and prostitutes. Also, there is an Erotic Museum that had a funny sculpture in front of it that made me laugh as I walked by it.
The next place we walked by on our tour was a cafe which was apparently in the movie Amelie. I have never seen the movie, but apparently everyone else on my tour had and were all freaking out because they actually got to see it. I guess a lot of the movie was filmed in this area. After that we walked past the former apartment of Vincent Van Gogh.
Then we saw a guy who literally lost his head! Well the story goes that he was preaching a protestant religion at a time when everyone was forced to be Catholic. They ended up chopping his head off, but magically he picked up his head and walking up the mountain reciting all of the verses of the bible. When he reached the top of the mountain and had finished with all the bible verses, he dropped his head and fell over dead for the 2nd time. That seems like it was a pretty famous story.
Our guide next showed us a cafe that Pablo Picasso used to eat at before he became popular. He used to trade 3 paintings a month to the owner of the cafe for free food whenever he was hungry.
Probably the best part of the tour was the church Sacre Coeur, which I think means Sacred Heart in French.
I love doing pub crawls. It’s a good way to meet people and explore the nightlife of a city, especially when you’re traveling by yourself. I ended up going with a guy who I had met on my tour earlier that morning who is living in Paris for his job. Here’s a few pics from the craziness of the night.