Monday, May 10, 2010

Day 25: Paris

5/6 Thur: Paris

We slept in really late and didn't leave our apt until about 1. Our place was in the 16e and near Bois de boulogne (a very beautiful ginormous park) so we walked over there. We saw these in front and having read about the velib bikes and stations we signed up. Well 20 mins after trying to decipher it, then finding an English option, and after several issues with our credit cards, we signed up. While these bikes were superbly helpful, the downfall was that you only had 30 mins at a time to use the bikes. We spent a great deal of time over the next 5 days scouring for velib stations before time ran out. Despite that, they were especially helpful as our feet were boycotting us at this point and so Worth it because we got to see more of the city than we normally would have.
So we road down to the lake and straight back and exchanged for new bikes then set out for the Arc de Triomphe, which was 10 mins away.

Ditched the bikes and walked down this famous street. Lots of street performers and beggars and tourists but great window shopping!

We walked down to the grand palais and along the Seine until we came to the Place de la Concorde and the beginning of the Tuillerie gardens.

It was Thursday and the Musee d'Orsay was open late at a discounted price so we headed across the bridge. This museum use to be a train station.

D'orsay was amazing and they had a great selection of van gogh work. The highlight for me was Monet's water lillies.
We walked back over the bridge, past Hotel des Invalides, past some special event going on at the Grand Palais and then back to Champs Elysees where we snagged bikes to go back home.

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