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Wiles Family’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Location: Paris, France

MapWednesday - We spent most of the day in the apartment. Well Mike went to the supermarket (I'm sure he could construct a whole diary entry - Europe by supermarket, the features), he's a bit obsessed. Georgia and Mike also went to the park opposite the apartment.
Then at 5pm we set out for the Metro. First stop was Place Igor Stravinsky next to the Pompidou Centre. There are some interesting fountains here and we enjoyed looking at the building with it's structural guts on the outside!
Next we walked along Rue de Rivoli to the Louvre Museum. It is open late on Wednesday and Friday nights and admission is cheaper after 6pm, one of the reasons we went later. We also hoped that went we came out that the Eiffel Tower would be lit up for the evening - but more about that later.
Inside the Louvre we saw the Winged Victory of Samothrace and Venus de Milo statues as well as a couple by Michaelangelo, and of course we saw the famous Mona Lisa - Georgia thinks she could do a better picture! We also looked at some glass objects as well as other paintings and of course the Pyramids from inside and out.
After leaving the Louvre we window shopped a bit, walked in and through the Tuilerie Gardens to the Obelisque on Place de la Concorde. Then up Champs Elysees to the Grand Palace before heading back across to the river for our night-time view of the Eiffel Tower.
We knew that on the hour the Tower put on a show. It was 9pm but still reasonably light so we didn't see much. However it was pretty seeing the barges going along the river with their lights on.
Then we caught the metro home.
By the time we leave Paris we should be able to put up a whole photo page of Eiffel Tower shots with different foregrounds, although the monument may look pretty insignificant in some.
Au revoir.