Paris Part II

Spending so much time at the Louvre meant we had to try to fit in as much as possible for the remainder of our free time. I felt like we walked, rode the bus, and the metro all over Paris. Their public transit is remarkable if two non French speaking people and one incredibly directionally challenged person could navigate the city so well.
The Arc de Carrousel is the central axis on the Triumphal Way. Behind it is the Louvre and in front is La Defense. The other two larger arches are the Arche de la Defense and the Arc de Triomphe. Napoleon commissioned it to honor his victory against Austria.
The Place Vendome has a column in the center of the square that commemorates Napoleon's huge victory in 1805. It was made from 1200 cannons taken from the Russian and Austrian armies he conquered. The reliefs are scenes from the Napoleonic Wars and Napoleon's statue is on the top.
Of course we couldn't visit Paris an not see the Eiffel Tower. Max got some really nice shots. I guess it is hard not to. It was amazing to us that this was originally planned to be a temporary building for the World Exhibition in 1889. Temporary? Are you kidding me? I see the French like to do things large, but this was unreal. We were also delighted to learn the engineer behind the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel, was also responsible for the frame of the Statue of Liberty.
We thought we were so fit since we had just done the triathlon that we would take the stairs. From what I can find, it looks like we did about 1,600 stairs up to the second level. We were both sore the next day. Not so fit after all. :0)
Top of the world.
Public displays of affection are almost as prevalent as wine in Paris. We fit right in.

We walked nearly 10 miles seeing sights. Our next stop was down the Champs-Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe.
Too bad I didn't have the time or money to spend.
The Arc de Triomphe was also commissioned by Napoleon to honor the generals who served in his victories.
The detail was exquisite.

The history and beauty of the major landmarks in Paris has piqued my interest in visiting the east coast to see our famous historical landmarks. It is a pretty high bar to be compared to.


Lacey said...

Love the kiss on top of the world. :)

Courtney said...

Love you striking a pose next to the Eifel Tower! Great pictures. Can't wait to see more.