The sights around Paris
Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
74Trip End Nov 01, 2005
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Well once inside the Louvre, it was huge! I grabbed a map and had a look. Each floor went for ages - and there were 4 levels! Unfortunatly most descriptions of the artifacts were written in French, so i couldnt understand them, however we could work out the date's of how old they were and most of them were dating B.C. There were so many beautiful sculptures and exhibits to look at, you could spend forever in here. But forever we didn't have - so we made sure we saw all the important ones - we considered to be anyhow :o) Finaly after hours of walking around we got to the all famous Mona Lisa! To get to stand right infront of the picture you had to fight your way though a huge crowd. But once i did, just standing infront of it was so wierd. You've seen pictures of this throughout your entire life, and here is the actual canvas painting! I'm not 100% sure why this painting in particular got to be so infamous, but its pretty impressive beeing able to see it for real. Well apart from the Mona Lisa, there were so many other famous paintings, sculptures and artifacts that i've read about before. Was a good experience coming here...
Well after walking around the Louvre for hours on end our feet were kinda tired so we had a bit of a lay down on the lawns infront of the Louvre where quite a few others took the exact opertunity in the awesome weather we were getting. Just as i was falling asleep i forced myself to get up as my stomach was growling and we had to get food... Just outside the Louvre to the right was some huge fair going on with faris wheels n all. Similar size to Adelaide's annual one but this probably runs everyday for the year. Once onto the street i just had to gaze as this was the biggest street i had ever seen in my life
Time to head back to our hotel as we were buggered and hungry. When back at the hotel with my head on the pillow i nearly fell staight alseep, so i forced myself up and went out for a bit of a walk for a while while dan stayed at the hotel. After checking out whats in our local, there were heaps of pubs and cafe's. But then again this is Paris - cafe's are everywhere. I ended up walking into some random pub and was keen to try more French beer. The guy behind the bar was speaking in french to everyone around me so i really had no idea what they were saying. When i ordered my drink he went over to the till without saying anything... He then said "what country!?", as i replied Australia he then immediatly went into some kangaroo stance (???) and started hopping up and down! Hahahaha - riiiighto! SO yeah then he was a bit more happy atleaset - so after my beer i was determined to get a bit of a convo out of him, so i appolagised for my poor french, and had a bit of a yarn to him. Turned out to be a nice guy - just took a bit of effort at first, which is understandable when i dont speak his language.
On the way back to the hotel i saw some horrible 'road rage' incident, where 2 guys and 2 girls where having a punch up in the middle of the road over who knows what - but i dont think one woman ended up very well as she was on the side of the road holding her head. Just in time the Police rocked up and started sorting it out.
Well back to the hostel to have a good night sleep as we got an early rise!