Day 6: Louvre & Miscellaneous Paris

(2014 Note:  These pages are transfers from my original site so I can better view the many pictures I have from that trip and so it’s searchable within WordPress Search. Here’s a link to the original page!)

Day6The night before I didn’t get back till pretty late, and it had been a very tiring day. So that resulted in me passing the hell out…and when we woke up, and it was 1 April, I told Jeff and Susan I had no interest in going to the Louvre. Jeff thought I was playing my April Fool’s Joke – I wasn’t. I just was exhausted and didn’t really care to see the Louvre. I’d been there twice before and while part of me would have liked to see it, especially since the release of the DaVinci Code, my tiredness overrode all that. So the whole gang went on without me. In fact, many of the pictures from today are primarily Jeff’s. So with no more further ado, here are the pics from the Louvre. It was a Sunday, so it was Free Museum day in Paris, and accordingly much more crowded. But it is such a huge place that even with a ton of people in it, you can’t really feel overwhelmed (except at the Mona Lisa, of course).

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I really don’t have too much to write about for this portion of the page. I was resting peacefully back at the hotel. But as you can see below, they made it to the main sights to see in the Louvre, including the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothraces, and the Mona Lisa (which you can’t take a picture of anymore). This visit also started a bit of an unofficial DaVinci Code tour, as you’ll see that Jeff went to where the two pyramids meet (see or read the DaVinci Code to understand the significance!). By the way, Jeff takes some fantastic pictures – especially the ones of the Eiffel Tower at the bottom of the page. He actually knows how to use his camera’s night features!

April 1, 2007: In and Out of the Louvre

The interior courtyard of the Louvre
The interior courtyard of the Louvre01-Apr-2007 01:05, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
I.M. Pei's controversial yet beautiful pyramids
I.M. Pei's controversial yet beautiful pyramids01-Apr-2007 01:06, SONY DSC-W100, 4.5, 18.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
01-Apr-2007 01:08, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
A great, shadowed portrait of the pyramid
A great, shadowed portrait of the pyramid01-Apr-2007 01:14, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
See through the pyramid to the main Louvre building
See through the pyramid to the main Louvre building01-Apr-2007 01:16, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Jeff at the corner inside the Pyramid
Jeff at the corner inside the Pyramid01-Apr-2007 01:21, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
The Venus de Milo
The Venus de Milo01-Apr-2007 01:45, SONY DSC-W100, 3.2, 10.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 400
Jeff and Venus
Jeff and Venus01-Apr-2007 01:47, SONY DSC-W100, 3.2, 9.2mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 125
Hallway of Antiquities in the Louvre
Hallway of Antiquities in the Louvre01-Apr-2007 02:10, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 125
 
More Hallway goodness
More Hallway goodness01-Apr-2007 02:12, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
01-Apr-2007 02:13, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
The Winged Victory of Samothraces - it's such an impressive sight; also the basis of Nike
The Winged Victory of Samothraces - it's such an impressive sight; also the basis of Nike01-Apr-2007 02:15, SONY DSC-W100, 3.2, 9.2mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
01-Apr-2007 02:16, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
a model of the Louvre castle wayyy back in the day
a model of the Louvre castle wayyy back in the day01-Apr-2007 03:17, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
01-Apr-2007 03:17, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
 

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After they visited the Louvre, they came back to the hotel to get me (awww….they care). Shannon, Brian and Mike were all leaving from Paris this afternoon, so instead of trying to cram in more sights, we all thought it would be nice to actually relax. What better way to relax in Paris than letting a Sunday morning/afternoon roll on by while you’re sitting at a sidewalk cafe? Even better? It was a beautiful day, the temperature was amazing, and we were at a cafe situated right on the Seine. Truly, it was awesome. We all got some delicious food and top it all off, we had chocolate mousse!!!!!! I LOVE Chocolate Mousse.

April 1, 2007: Enjoying a Sunday Afternoon in Paris at a Sidewalk Cafe

Walking on the Ile de Cite to the Seine
Walking on the Ile de Cite to the Seine01-Apr-2007 12:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
The view to Notre Dame from our cafe
The view to Notre Dame from our cafe01-Apr-2007 12:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Panning to the right, with French lady as a bonus
Panning to the right, with French lady as a bonus01-Apr-2007 12:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
Further panning to the right
Further panning to the right01-Apr-2007 12:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Hey there, who's this dashingly handsome guy?
Hey there, who's this dashingly handsome guy?01-Apr-2007 12:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Brian and Shannon
Brian and Shannon01-Apr-2007 12:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
01-Apr-2007 12:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Jeff, Susan, and Mike
Jeff, Susan, and Mike01-Apr-2007 13:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
I love this pic of all 6 of us. Taken by a precocious British girl
I love this pic of all 6 of us. Taken by a precocious British girl01-Apr-2007 13:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Notre Dame from our cafe
Notre Dame from our cafe01-Apr-2007 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.001 sec
Cosmopolitan Susan and Mike
Cosmopolitan Susan and Mike01-Apr-2007 14:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Susan and Jeff
Susan and Jeff01-Apr-2007 14:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.003 sec
 
Brian and Shannon
Brian and Shannon01-Apr-2007 14:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.002 sec
Shannon and Me
Shannon and Me01-Apr-2007 14:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.002 sec
Me with the girls
Me with the girls01-Apr-2007 14:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 9.028mm, 0.008 sec
 

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We said our goodbyes to Brian, Shannon and Mike after our 3-hour lunch was over. They had been great travelfriends but they had to go back to work the next day (Monday). We didn’t though, so after goodbyes, we strolled across the Seine and began our quest to look for the St. Sulpice church, which continued our unofficial DaVinci Code tour, as that is the chapel which in the book is the place that houses the Rose Line and also where Silas did a bad thing to a nun. Of course when you go to the church, they disavow all the speculation that Dan Brown put in his book and illuminate exactly what the purpose of the Rose Line was (I honestly don’t remember it’s purpose, alleged or real – that’s what waiting 3 months to write this page up will do to ya).

After going through the church, we Metro’d back to the Pont Neuf area, which is where the Seine River cruises originate (you can also pick them up at the Eiffel Tower, but we weren’t there, obviously). We got there with enough time to spare so that we could both get a good seat and also spend some time on the point of the Ile de Cite where there’s a little park. It’s awesome there. Anyways, we ended up getting great seats on the top deck of the boat at the front row, which while cold when going upwind, it was nice when going downwind. Anyways, on the boat ride you head up the Seine to the Eiffel Tower, passing under all the famous and beautiful bridges along the Seine. Here’s a Wikipedia entry on the Seine River. Read all about it.

April 1, 2007: Checking out the St. Sulpice Church and Taking the Seine River Boat Cruise

01-Apr-2007 05:42, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
Great shot of the Metro structures
Great shot of the Metro structures01-Apr-2007 05:43, SONY DSC-W100, 9.0, 18.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
Notre Dame
Notre Dame01-Apr-2007 05:46, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
The Seine
The Seine01-Apr-2007 14:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
A stoic Seine shot
A stoic Seine shot01-Apr-2007 04:36, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Susan and Jeff on the Seine
Susan and Jeff on the Seine01-Apr-2007 06:56, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
Me and the Seine
Me and the Seine01-Apr-2007 14:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Widescreen version
Widescreen version01-Apr-2007 15:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
01-Apr-2007 05:38, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
Sad Selfie
Sad Selfie01-Apr-2007 15:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 107
Me in my Paris
Me in my Paris01-Apr-2007 15:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Susan looks so French here!
Susan looks so French here!01-Apr-2007 15:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
And here
And here01-Apr-2007 15:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Me
Me01-Apr-2007 15:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Again
Again01-Apr-2007 15:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 

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Susan and I were done sightseeing after dinner. But Jeff wanted to still see the Eiffel Tower at night and I had just done that the night before. Susan was still done though, so I ended up escorting her back to the hotel while Jeff Metro’d over to the Eiffel Tower. He ended up taking some fantastic pictures over there, because like I said above, he actually knows how to use the night picture feature of his camera. Plus, it was a clear night, unlike the night before. Just take a gander at the pics below. Bravo, Jeff!

April 1, 2007: Jeff heads to the Eiffel Tower and takes some awesome photos

01-Apr-2007 00:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
01-Apr-2007 00:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
01-Apr-2007 00:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
01-Apr-2007 13:08, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 125
01-Apr-2007 13:11, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 125
The Ecole Militaire
The Ecole Militaire01-Apr-2007 13:44, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 2 sec, ISO 125
 
Closer view
Closer view01-Apr-2007 13:45, SONY DSC-W100, 5.2, 23.7mm, 2 sec, ISO 125
There's the Les Invalides
There's the Les Invalides01-Apr-2007 13:46, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 2 sec, ISO 125
Trocadero across the Seine
Trocadero across the Seine01-Apr-2007 13:51, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 1.6 sec, ISO 125
 
01-Apr-2007 13:51, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 1.3 sec, ISO 125
Looking down from the first level
Looking down from the first level01-Apr-2007 13:54, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 125
Looking straight up from the second floor
Looking straight up from the second floor01-Apr-2007 13:59, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 125
 
The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe01-Apr-2007 14:01, SONY DSC-W100, 5.2, 23.7mm, 2 sec, ISO 125
Another view up from the corner
Another view up from the corner01-Apr-2007 14:05, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 125
01-Apr-2007 14:05, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
 

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