Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Louvre
Court Yard at the Louvre
A Masterpiece
Another masterpiece
Statue at the Louvre
Statue at the Louvre
The Winged Victory of Samothrace
Mona Lisa
A Kiss
The Sphinx
Venus de Milo
Houseboat on the River Seine
Andy- laying down on the job again
A view from level one -Eiffel Tower
Statue across from the Eiffel Tower
Merry go round across from the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower
A view from altitude 95
Paris from level 2 of the Eiffel Tower
Farewell dinner- Andy and Eddie dance
Farewell dinner- Eddie, the accordion player and Andy
It all started with a mouse
Tom plays the accordion

Day Six

City of Heights

Today is a bittersweet day for it is our last full day of this wonderful adventure.

Our day begins with a short bus ride to the Louvre, where we meet our French guide, who will guide us through this incredibly large museum.

Today’s schedule is jam packed so our time at the Louvre was limited, but we were assured that all the highlights of this incredible place would be seen. We only wished that more time could be devoted to this stop on the agenda.

Seeing such masterpieces as the Venus de Milo, The Winged Victory of Samothrace and of course the Mona Lisa was a truly incredible experience and one that we will cherish for a lifetime.

From he Louvre we boarded a water taxi to the Eiffel Tower. Lunch was at Altitude 95, the newly remodeled restaurant at the Eiffel Tower.  Lunch was delicious and there were great photo ops from the restaurant.

Following lunch we were given tickets to the 2nd and 3rd floors (being the top) of the Eiffel Tower.  Some chose to venture up, while others like me opted for a stroll around the area surrounding the Eiffel Tower. Bravo to those with a fear of heights who made it all the way to the top.  Comments from those who did venture to the top were that it was chaotic and extremely crowded and hot. The elevators were slow and it took many in the group 30- 40 minutes to get back down. 

A short bus ride back to the hotel left us just enough time for a stroll in the local park before departing for our farewell dinner at La Duree.  The French do love their outdoor spaces.  At around 5pm there were hundreds of people at the park, just enjoying the beautiful weather.

Farewell dinners are the final moments of your adventure - one that you look forward to, but wish it was still days away.  Dinner was excellent and accompanied by an accordion player and a photo summary of our adventure. We were so sorry that the evening had come to an end and it was time for our final bus ride as a group back to the hotel.  Although it had been a long day and many were exhausted, everyone remained in the lobby of the hotel for a long time. Everyone knew that these were the final moments of our adventure together and no one wanted it to end. Our exhausted guides Andy and Eddie remained until the last of us finally said goodnight. 

We made new friends on this adventure, finally got to met old ones and have so many wonderful memories that we share. I already miss the times that we spent together, the moments of continuous laughter and the things we shared on our journey through the Cities of Knights and Lights.

To our guides Andy and Eddie- thanks for an adventure of a lifetime and all that the two of you did to make it simply magical.

To Christy – thanks for being my editor on this project and the million and one laughs.

To my fellow adventurers – until the next adventure – Au Revoir !!!

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