Our first day, having left Theo surfing the net on his iPhone in the hotel room with meds at hand, we began (via metro) at the Arc de Triomphe. We saw it from across the street, where plenty of people were congregating, yet saw no way across the exceedingly busy round about. We did see people darting across the round about, and opted to view from afar. We later found there is an underground access, for future reference.
Thus begins a very broad, very long road to the Seine, the Champs-Élysée. On it we passed a store my younger daughter would have enjoyed visiting.
We passed through many Christmas shop stands and landmarks, re-entering the metro at the Jardin des Tuilleries, after the Egyptian obelisk.
And from here we began our day at the Louvre. Click on through to join us…
I am glad I visited the Louvre. However, it is far from my favorite museum. It’s huge, but the lighting doesn’t show its paintings to their best effect, and for such an enormous place, there are not a lot of places to just sit and rest. It is exhausting, which detracts from all the art. Their collection of my favorites is pretty limited, too, but I include a Degas for your viewing pleasure.
I went home grateful to have not attempted this with a sick teen. Unfortunately, he wasn’t really any better upon our return, though not any worse. The result was another day without him, coming up.