May 4th 2005 Paris, France

May 4th 2005 Paris, France

Today is a free day to explore Paris, France on our own! We were told that Paris is all about seeing and being seen so I wore my cap.

  • May 4th 2005 Paris, FranceStarted at the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Walked down the Champs-Elysees.
  • Went to the Louvre and saw some brilliant artwork.  We saw the Mona Lisa and the Venus De Milo.
  • Went to Notre Dame and took pictures.
  • Went to the Military Museum.
  • Went to Napoleon’s Tomb. .
  • Went to Nouvelle Eve French Cabaret.  It was an awesome experience!
  • Paris is incredible.  It’s big, beautiful and full of history.
  • The Arc de Triomphe is huge.  We went up to the top of it and took a lot of pictures.  It’s a different view of Paris.  Very cool.
  • The Champs-Elysees was tres cool as well.  Lots of hip expensive shops.  I looked in a few car shops, a Swatch shop and a few other stores.
  • Next up was the Louvre.  En Route to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo I experienced a very rich artistic experience.
  • The Mona Lisa is very overrated.  It’s a small painting that isn’t any better than many other nice paintings.
  • The Louvre was a very beautiful palace.  It’s full of marble and grand architecture.  It’s a huge place too.
  • We at lunch at a Café on the Champs-Elysees and I ordered a French pizza which passed all my expectations.
  • Notre Dame was the highlight of the sightseeing.  The Gothic Architecture is very striking.  The fine level of detail was incredible.  The stained glass windows, the marble / stone statutes, the sharp architecture lines, the dark colours were amazing.  I’ve never seen anything like it before!
  • Napoleon’s tomb was very grand.  It had a very beautiful ceiling
  • The Nouvelle Eye show had a fine French dinner which was fun!  A lot of free wine was available to a lot of the people and many took great advantage to get hammered.  I counted my last glass around 12, I think?
  • The dinner featured fine food, entertainment, lots of lots of unlimited wine, and many of the tour group getting loud!
  • The French Cabaret was great.  It featured risqué singing and dancing girls, comedy and cool performers.
  • Martin, who was in our tour group, volunteered to go on stage during a juggling performance.  The performers sat him down in a chair and through juggling “bowling” pins at a high speed.  Then they put a hat, plastic glasses on him and a cigarette in his mouth.  They then proceeded to knock the items off his head as he sat dead still.  I didn’t think they would knock the hat or glasses off but they did and it was different.
  • After the show, several of us dragged our drunken asses to some Irish pub, we ended up at an Irish Pub, what would you figure, an irish pub in France?
  • The groups first official drinking night out.
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