Making ourselves at home in Paris

Paris is every bit enchanting as we’ve heard and hoped.

We’ve moved a few blocks from our hostel to VRBO, lined up before we left AK. Since arriving in Paris, we’ve been ‘living’ in the 19th arrondissement. There’s a canal and bike path that runs directly to the Seine, and from there we can get all over the city. It’s about 4-5 miles to the Hôtel de Ville, only 30 minutes and lots of boulangeries/patisseries, markets, cave de vin and one really nice brewery along the way.

Lucky us, the Tour de France finished in Paris this weekend! 

 

Here they come!

  

And there they go – first of 9 laps around the Arc de Triomphe

  

The Arc de Triomphe

  

Candid – low flying planes scared my pants off!

  

But no fear, just flying the French flag

  
 
And today, we waited in line only 30 minutes at the Louvre! For 6 hours we toured the museum, visiting the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and other classical works. The Louvre is an amazing place – the building itself is a work of art. And the collections within are breathtaking. I loved coming into the Denon wing, walking up the marble staircase and catching my first sight of the Winged Victory of Samothrace. 

There are so many people in the crowd at the Louvre, it’s overwhelming. And for the quality of iPhone photos, it’s just not worth elbowing through the crowds! Instead we spent our time admiring the art and savoring the experience.

   

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