Paris Visit Summer 2006

Paris Day 5: May 17

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I decided to finally go to one of the famous museums in Paris: D'Orsay museum. I then went to the most famous café in Paris, and then to the Museum of the Middle Ages. I went back to my hotel, and left to enjoy the French night life. I walked under the Eiffel Tower, around the Arc de Triomphe, and down the Champse-Elysée, but you'd never know it because I didn't take my camera!

I woke up and took the Metro to the river's edge to take a stroll to the Musée D'Orsay. This huge building greeted me at the Metro station, and although I didn't know it at the time, it is the Assemblée Nationale Palais-Bourbon (I think).

Another neat building on the river front. Still don't know what this one is, though.

Welcome to the Musée D'Orsay. The bulding was converted from a railroad station, which explains this huge room. Many side rooms expand off this main room on all three levels.

See the neat paintings!

This is a Gaugan.

This impressive view on top of the Musée D'Orsay is watched over by these large statues.

Sculptures that I found particularly Impressive.

This is the most famous café in Paris, Les Deux Magots, which translates as "The Two Magots". They must have changed their menu because I didn't find that particular dish. Instead, I ordered café-au-lait and a quiche. I was really thrilled to dine here.

This is the oldest church in Paris, St. Germain-des-Près, originating in 542, and faces Les Deux Magots.

Yesterday, I saw (and photographed) the Musée National du Moyen Age, the Museum of the Middle Ages. Today, I explored in it. It used to be known as the Musée du Cluny, but was very recently renamed. These are some examples of neat stained glass.

The top left picture is of the Gallery of the Kings. These are stone heads of the 28 Kings of Judah, carved around the 1220s. The bottom right shows a bathtub, located in the frigidarium, from the ancient Gallo-Roman baths located here.

This is from the courtyard of the Museum of the Middle Ages.

I went back to my hotel early with a bagette and some Camenbert cheese. After dining, I headed back out without my camera. I walked under the Eiffel Tower, which was amazingly tall. I saw the prices for the restaurant up there too, and was amazed even more. I walked to the Palais de Chaillot (Trocadéro) and saw its fountains.

I walked to the Arc de Triomphe and watched the sun set. I then walked down the Champse-Elysée--several times. After my first pass, it started to rain and so I decided to walk back up to where I had passed a Metro station. Unfortunately, I didn't find it and got back to the Arc de Triomphe! At this point, it is a major downpour and I'm soaked! I stayed in the tunnel connecting the Champse-Elysée to the Arc de Triomphe with alot of other tourists waiting for it to let up. Finally it did, I found the Metro, and went home!

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