Monday, September 6, 2010

Paris Day 4 - Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, and The Louvre

Day 4 was a busy day! Micheal got up early and went to a few talks and the conference, and (shocker) I slept in! When he got back we headed out to grab some lunch and then head towards the Arc de Triomphe and The Avenue des Champs Élysées.

Along the way I spotted a flower and plant store with some beautiful things for sale! I wish I could have brought some home!

What I affectionately referred to as "The Champ" is a hoity-toity super fancy/expensive shopping area in Paris. Our bank accounts got scared just WALKING down the street, let alone going into any stores! The Champ starts at the Arc de Triomphe, a monument to those brave souls that have fought and given their lives for France.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Paris
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Arc de Triomphe
Another arms length shot!

Then we started down The Champ, window shopping and people watching. There was one store we had to go into though...

The Louis Vuitton Store!

There were a lot of other cool stores to check out as we went along, including the Toyota concept store.

I would SO drive this.

The Ultimate Green Car! ;)

The future...

We ran across an "MCS" store and wanted to go in and check out what kind of cool store shared it's initials with my awesome husband.

Turns out it's the Marlboro Classics Store! Micheal thought it was pretty crazy that Marlboro points have evolved into a fancy line of clothes.

Once we were done with The Champ we had some lunch and then headed back to the hotel for a rest because we were going to The Louvre in the evening! On Wednesdays the Louvre is open LATE until 9:45 so we decided to do an evening viewing to try and skip the long lines.

Beautiful at Night.

The plan of going late worked fabulously, we walked RIGHT in, no lines. We ultimately went a little TOO late, about 7:45 - I would suggest going at like 6:30 to 7 for enough time.

Even the entryway is grand.

Here is our tour of The Louvre:

Venus de Milo

Winged Victory

The Mona Lisa

Ancient Egypt

I find this just amazing

Medical Text?! Thank goodness for PDF. :)


Cat Sarcophagi

Think Kali would go for an ear piercing?

We got chased out after Ancient Egypt. Everything was simply spectacular though.

We had a great night!

Day 4 in Paris was fabulous!

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