Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Days 5 & 6 in Paris

Sunday went at a much slower pace. We were pretty worn out from all the walking! We slept in and enjoyed a leisurely morning.

Our first visit of the day was to Victor Hugo's Paris apartment, where he wrote most of  Les Miserables. It was a replica of not just his Parisian home, but also other places he lived.

Afterwards, we strolled to the nearby Jewish quarter and went to a "famous" deli-type restaurant called L'As du Falafel for a mouth-watering, amazing falafel pita with plenty of shredded, crunchy cabbage, cucumbers, sate├Ęd eggplant; tomato, red cabbage, and delicious cripsy falafel in a light cucumber sauce. Being practically our only meal of the day, we thoroughly enjoyed it!
We bought a few treats at some Jewish patisseries as well...hamentashen included!

Day 6
Today we went to the Louvre, saw the oldest church in Paris, and went to the top of the Arc du Triomphe. 

The Louvre was beyond any museum experience I've had so far-one could spend days there! With over 30,000 art pieces, there was no way we could see it all. However, we made sure to stroll by many famous collections, including those by  Leonardo da Vinci. The Louvre boasts the largest collection of da Vinci-5 pieces total, including the Mona Lisa!

From the Louvre, we walked to St-Germain-de-Pres, the oldest church in Paris (and some say, of all France). How beautiful are the stained glass windows. Seeing the light come streaming in made me think of how God's light penetrates darkness.

The last of our evening was spent atop the Arc de Triomphe, with more views of the city.  We strolled down the bustling and famous avenue "Champs Elysees" to get there. I insisted we walk into an H&M store-after all, I've been to them in Chicago, St. Louis, Haarlem, and now Paris!

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