I don’t think I ever saw the movie… So I didn’t really appreciate it like Syd did, but hey it’s there and I saw it.
It’s a lovely place to just take a stroll. It reminded me of the graves that surround the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland. It’s really amazing to see just how old some of the mausoleums are, some are older than our nation. There’s honestly nothing creepy about this place I could imagine us just throwing down a blanket and having a picnic.
Absolutely gorgeous; the architecture and the views are breathtaking. A lot of souvenir shops line the streets leading up to it and grifters. It’s kind of cool seeing some of these grifters play the cup game. You know the one I’m talking about 3 cups and 1 ball. I’ve lost count how many I’ve seen and every time I see it I play in my head and more often than not I win, but I’m sure they’re letting me win. People are betting like 50 euros at a time! It’s ridiculous! Another grift, we had this happen in Athens too, is that people with shitty bracelets will grab your wrists and put one on you and say some shitty prayer or wish you the best. They claim to give it to you, but aggressively ask for donations when you leave. There was literally a WALL of people trying to play that shit on us and I simply tucked my hands behind my back and barreled through. Also on the way up we saw a really cool chocolate shop that had really intricate chocolate sculptures of the monuments of Paris.
Just wow… I’ve never been surrounded by so much art and history. I can see why this place is such an attraction. We walked around and appreciated the Greek sculptures and it’s crazy to say this, but the ones in the Louvre are way better than the ones in Greece. They’re mostly intact and in great condition. Also I can now say I saw the Venus De Milo and she’s beautiful, looks a lot like Sydney. We then walked around the museum taking the sights and painting. Then we came up on the Mona Lisa. You know people are always telling you it’s not as big as you think it is and that’s lead me to believe it’s a tiny little thing, but in all actually it’s just a normal sized painting. But good god there are a shit ton of people just to see her. Honestly there are far better paintings all around her, but you know gotta see what all the hype is about.
Pont des Art
Now this was the famous bridge that had all the locks on it, but due to concerns of the bridges structural integrity they removed all of them. It’s really disappointing because it’s such an iconic landmark and we’re not able to take part of it anymore. Whatever it was walking distance from the Louvre so we went ahead to check it out. They had replaced the chain link with glass panels to deter people from putting up locks, but people just put a chain around lamp posts and placed locks there anyways. We still took part in the activity and put up some locks for Syd and I.
Again not a place I would have thought to go look at on my own, but I’m glad I did. The place is gorgeous and it still houses a working senate. I thought it was interesting see so many armed guards standing around. In front of the palace is a large water fountain and there you can rent little boats and sail them around. Kids were running around with large sticks pushing the boats off the side of the fountain and watched it sail around. It’s a great spot to sit down and people watch.
Woke up and tried to work the coffee machine but just could not quite figure it out. Oh well, dad went downstairs to get us some coffee. They give you size of a grande cup but it’s only filled like a tall. SO DUMB!!!! I would like a full cup of coffee please. We all sat, ate, and enjoyed our coffees until we decided to get going. Today is going to be a fun filled day.
First stop was the cemetery. So creepy and old and scary! It was pretty to see during the day time but I would not be caught dead here at night. All of these mausoleums just make you wonder about these peoples family, where are they now and who were they in France when they were alive. We walked around and Wally told me about a video game he used to play that involved cemeteries.
We went and saw the Moulin Rouge and it was cool. It was just like I remembered it. We all were a little hungry and stopped for a snack. I got a banana and Nutella crepe. Too much Nutella for me but it was good enough. As we were finishing our food a storm passed over head and rained for a little.
We walked up the hill to Sacre Coeur “Scared Heart.” The views are so beautiful and it is cool looking at my pictures from 6 years ago and then today. The guys that were trying to put the bracelets on literally grabbed and held my wrist until I got to close to punching him that he let me go. The same thing happened in Greece. Do not fucking touch me!! I should carry a sign.
We made our way to a gift shop so I could pick up a few trinkets and we got almost everything, now just need the bust of King Louis XVI to go with my Marie Antoinette. We also picked up a couple of pictures that we want to put on our explore wall. We popped on the metro and headed to the Louve before it closed.
Again, this was fun to see my dad and Wally’s reaction to the Mona Lisa, Venus De Milo etc. It was fun to see them again and take some pictures and Wally was making his ridiculous jokes the whole way. “Wanna see a masterpiece? Turn to the right.” I ended up facing a mirror and looking at myself…that kind of stuff. He makes me laugh; I think I will keep him around for a little bit. When we finished and got outside it was so windy, I felt like I was going to be blown away. We walked out and went to find a restaurant. Since the sun does not set until so late you really lose track of time. We thought it was only 4 and it was almost 7! I guess it is time to eat something. We made our way up to the Luxemburg Gardens and found a café to enjoy a quick bite.
While we were at the Mona Lisa we say this couple that was dressed crazy!! They grabbed anything they thought was “fancy” and put it on.
We walked on the lock bridge and Wally and I put one on for us. It was cute and he was so excited to partake in the tradition. We also saw a statue of Voltaire.
I got a turkey sandwich (it comes on a homemade cracker bread thing), lemon cupcake and a drink. The sandwich was a little dry. Also, this whole place was a sandwich shop. I ate half of mine and traded Wally. Dad had ordered an apple crumble since the people working their recommended it and it was totally worth it!! That was the best thing any of us had.
We went to the gardens and I recreated my picture that I took 6 years ago after I cut my hair off for the first time. I ended up being a little too more to the right but I was close enough. I did not think I would be in Paris again and being back is awesome. I love having dad and Wally experience things now as well. Wally told me that Europe is not as stupid as he always imagined and is having a great time and glad I brought him here. I am always right, when is he going to learn?? 😉
We made our way back home and decided to relax the rest of the night. We picked up some more bread and salami and chilled. It was a relaxing night. We got dad to watch a couple episodes of “Rick and Morty” and he liked it!! I think we have a convert. We all cleaned up and headed to bed. Another successful day in Paris.
Well, getting coffee in Paris is not normal. They have normal coffee for locals & java for Americans. Either way, you only get half a cup of coffee, WTF. I want a grande, goddamit! Fill the beeotch. Nope, Wally got shut out also, even w/his innocent foreigner accent. Ha! Strolled thru a centuries old museum w/family mausoleums from early 1700’s. Would really like to walk around @ night under a full Paris moon & check out the crypts. Another time perhaps. Cruised by Moulin Rouge & the mile of sex shops down the avenue. Fun times. Climbed the stairs @ Sacre Coeur & enjoyed a great view of the old Paris. Metro (subway) system in Paris is outstanding. Made it to the Louvre & really just tried to take in all the art & sculptures. Stood 6 feet away from the “Mona Lisa”. Just as impressed as seeing it in NG. So many other paintings that don’t get the attention they deserve. Massive wall size paintings. Personally, disappointed for the Egyptian collection. Looking for a mummy, denied. Royal Palace is huge. Lots of walking. Pont de Arts, bridge of keys, was cool. took pic of Syd/Wally attaching lock to bridge support since no locks are allowed on overpass (too much weight). Had great lunch @ a small upstairs bistro along artists row. Short walk to Luxemburg Gardens. Beautiful buildings & landscaping. Took pic of Syd to compare to 6 yrs ago. Pretty cool. Could not imagine that after seeing the original pic, that I would be there to see “next” photo. Nice moment for Dad. Made our way back to apt & done! Very busy day but saw some amazing sights & historically significant places. Paris is a living/breathing history travelog. Knowing that Kings/Queens have walked, partied & died in some of the places we saw, was way better than reading about in National Geographic! Made our way back home via Metro. Observed some really sketchy humans & beautiful people just trying to make their way thru life on the Metro on ride @ a time.
Back @ the apt, kicked back & had some cheese, bread, meat & adult beverages. Peach champagne is acceptable if no Miller High Life is readily available.
What a tremendous day to explore Paris. Warm sun, cool when clouds rolled in, spitting rain & we all had umbrellas. I felt so sophisticated. There is a dirty/gritty side of this place. As with all cities with this much history, some population is not as fortunate. Dude grabbed Syd’s hand to put a string braclet on, for cash, but refused to stop after she said No several times. I was thinking how much shit I would have to explain to the authorites if I decked this mfr! He backed off.
So far, this has been a very delightful excursion. Syd & Wally are completing a round the world trip. I am very fortunate to be able to share several days with them in the “City of Lights”. Bring on the Versailles. More later, I’m tired & Syd is making me type this blog under duress.