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Discovering the artistic side of Paris

Musee du Louvre, the largest museum in the world and probably one of the most famous as well for its feature in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.  Reserve at least half a day if you want to enjoy a good chunk of this museum because the exhibitions are enormous.  We spent about 3 hours and only got through about three exhibitions and within the last hour we sped through most of the artwork.  As I am writing this post after my Europe trip, I must say Musee du Louvre is large and thorough enough to over shadow all other European art museums and act as a good summary of all categories of European artwork.  Initially we were going to do this and Musee D’Orsay within the same day but I’m glad we scraped that idea because you will be exhausted after exploring either and will need a breather before delving into such intense artistic realms again.  The beautiful modern glass pyramid entrance How the pyramid looks like from the interior after you have descended the …

Shopping in Paris at Champs-Élysées!

Today I finally visited the much anticipated Champs-Élysées, which is THE shopping distract in Paris.  Wide streets lined with every store imaginable.  It is comparable to London’s Oxford street but slightly larger.  I wasn’t about to obliterate my wallet on Chanel and Hermes, but I did have my sights set on one thing: L’aduree.  The much coveted confectionary shop is most renown for their macarons; sweet chewy delights in heavenly flavors.  I had my first L’aduree macaron in New York and was sold ever since.   The Ladurée store on Champs-Élysées has an outdoor cafe and a bar for those that want to stay a little longer to soak in the pleasantries.  When I finally reached the store, clearly I wasn’t the only one that had to get their hands on a macaron. Yup… check out this line up.  This was AFTER I got past the line up that extended past the door. STILL well worth the wait.  Yes, I honestly think they are THAT good.  You should be quick with your order because as friendly as the staff …

Classic Paris: Eiffel Tower & Seine Cruise

Paris, the city of lights.  The capital of romance, french baguettes, outdoor cafes and macarons.  I’m going to mention one thing that my photos will not communicate.  It is the fact that Paris is just like any other highly populated city.  Its metro system, although very developed and intricate, is at best smelly and dreary.  The streets are littered with people trying to sell you things and pickpockets are scattered generously all over.  Keep your fairytale expectations of the city on the low and you will be able to enjoy the many pleasures that Paris has to offer. First and foremost is obviously the Eiffel Tower.  Plan to arrive early if you want to catch a ride up this tower of steel because the line ups will be lengthy.  There are two levels: midway and top.  We went all the way up to the top to catch a glorious view of the city.  There is also a restaurant available on the midway point and souvenir shops if you want to dine with an unbeatable backdrop. …