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Paris Day 3

Despite still both having dicky tummys Julie and Patrick decided they could not waste a day in Paris so we ventured out around 10am to see what we could tick off. We purchased tickets to the Louvre and tickets to go to Versailles the day after. We decided to do the Eiffel Tour now and caught a taxi there. Arriving about 11am the queues were long but nothing like we had observed on Saturday when we went by in the bus. It took around an hour to queue and there were signs that said the top was closed. This was disappointing but it was more disappointing to find after being on the second level for half an hour or so that you could buy tickets there to go to the top, but by the time we found it we figured it was another hour to wait for tickets and then the lifts so we flagged it. We descended and walked through the Parc de Champ du Mars and then caught a taxi to the Louvre. The Louvre is phenomenal - you could easily spend a week there and not see everything! We took in Egyptian and Roman antiquities and French and Roman Art. In the process we saw both the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa and wondered what the fuss was about for both. There were far more spectacular examples of both Roman statues and Italian Art than either of these (our uneducated views of course...). We then went to see the Palais Royale for Julie to see this and then walked back to the hotel which wasn't too far. After a brief rest we decided to do River Seine evening cruise and caught a tax to the Batteaux Mouches berth and bought tickets before we took in a bit more of Paris on both sides of the Seine before boarding the boat at 9:30. The views were amazing as Paris seems to be just as alive at night as during the day. Parisians make use of the promenades alongside the Seine to gather and eat and dance and play. The lit up buildings are fantastic and the Eiffel Tower is a treat. Unfortunately we were too far away when the lights were set to 'sparkle' so we will have to try and get closer tomorrow night around 10pm. Patrick and Julie's tummys seemed to be settling so we grabbed a quick bite at Maccas before returning to the hotel around 11:30pm.

Posted by 3kiwisabroad 14:47

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