Even the rain is beautiful! We woke to rain this morning, but it didn't dampen our spirits, in fact it was a refreshing change from the last two warm and muggy days. We just grabbed our umbrella, and off we went!
We had quite a day planned. First stop: Arc de Triomphe. According to a guide book, Napolean commisioned the Arc to commemorate his victory at the battle of Austerlitz. Some ego, right? It is a beautiful and moving tribute to France's many fallen soldiers, complete with an eternal flame: After walking around the Arc and admiring it from all angles, we decided it was time to go to the top and enjoy the view. Now, we could have taken the elevator that is reserved for the handicapped (I have a stupid knee, you know). But nooooo, absolutely no elevator for us. So up we climbed, and climbed, and climbed.....all 284 steps! Only a very slight huffing and puffing sound from the Traveling Lundburys! This is what it looked like at the top of the spiral stairs, looking down: The REAL view was from the outside, overlooking all of Paris. Here are just a couple of views: Sacre Coure
We walked all around the top, took MANY pictures of the beautiful views. Then of course, it was back down every one of those 284 steps!
Just one picture of the ceiling detail
Here we are, right above the Grand Staircase. One more picture--even the floors are gorgeous; they are ALL inlaid marble and tile mosaic. Very intricate designs with tiny pieces: We spent almost two hours enjoying the Opera Garnier. Many times I thought about what it must have looked like a hundred years ago, with beautiful women in their ball gowns gracefully decending the Grand Staircase, or dancing with their handsome escorts in the Grand Ball Room. I think David and I were woefully underdressed!
If you guess correctly, you'll get a prize from Paris! And I might even let you borrow them for a special occasion!
Well, on that silly note, this day of seeing the wonderous sights of Paris was over. We Metro'd back to our apartment (don't you just love the sound of that???), changed our clothes, and off we went for a quick dinner. Yes--another sidewalk cafe, and an OK meal. But the company was perfect, and it was a fine ending to a perfect day in Paris!