Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Paris Day 3 - Champs-Elysees and Orsay Museum

Our third day in Paris started at the historic Arc de Triomphe. There is no triumphal arch, or traffic circle for that matter, bigger any where in the world. Napoleon really went all out on this one.

This is looking down the famous Champs-Elysees from the Arc de Triumph. This is just one of the 12 roads that feeds into the traffic circle around the Arc.
From the Arc, we took a strole down the Champs-Elysees to the Tuileries Gardens. This is me on the Champs-Elysees! I think this must have been our pose of the day.
We took this picture for Cecilia because she works for McDonald's in the corporate offices. Every time we saw a McDonald's we thought of her.
This is on the Champ-Elysees looking back at the Arc de Triumph and yes, we were standing in the middle of the street to take this picture.
So French!

This is the Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde. The Concorde is Paris's largest square and it is where the Tour de France ends.

This is the "art" at the entrance of the Tuileries Garden. Sean's quote of the day: "What is this? Art? I hate this art!"

After our great walk we decided to take a break by a pond and then eat in a garden cafe.
Full and relaxed, we crossed the Seine River to spend the after at the Orsay Museum.
The Orsay Museum is known for its great Impressionist collection. Our favorite is Van Gogh.
The museum itself was in an old metro station and was very beautiful.
This was the view through the clock in the museum.
That was our day. Our night was spent with Cecilia and Laure who took us to a local restaurant just around the corner from their house. We were very excited to eat so French. For starters we had a delicious meat plate with baguette and I discovered that I like raw ham. Sean and I shared a plate of duck for our main course. Duck is delicious! Who knew? For dessert we wanted to try something else French so we ordered the teramisu... wait a second... Teramisu is definitely Italian isn't it. On top of that, it was definitely flavored with coffee. Well, we ordered it so we had to eat it. At least we'll know not to order it when we go it Italy now.

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