Even before leaving the hotel today, I knew it would be a great day. With the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre and a boat ride on the Seine River, how could you go wrong?
The Tuileries Garden dates back to 16th century when it was created as a garden for the Tuileries Palace. Now, it seems to be more famous for being directly in front of the Louvre. If you look at the Louvre from the gardens you can turn around 180 degrees and get a view of the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. This is a great example of the excellent layout and symmetry of Paris, it’s the reason why I love going here so much.
The Louvre is an amazing museum. You could literally spend weeks here looking everything—but since we only have a day, we focused on the highlights. There is really something for everyone here, Greek and Roman sculptures (my favorite), Egyptian antiquities, a 9,000-year-old statue and much, much more.
Some of the main highlights we covered today were the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Coronation of Napoleon.
After some free time in the afternoon, we went to a great little restaurant for dinner. Everything was really delicious, from the duck confit to the macaron for desert. Since we were all probably too full to walk very much, a boat ride was a logical next step. We started the ride west of Notre Dame and had a some great views of bridges that can’t be seen in this way from the sidewalks. I know I mentioned yesterday that I would decide which view of the Eiffel Tower was the best, but I am a bit undecided. I think all of the views we had of it on this trip were unique and worth seeing. The view from the boat tonight was more amazing than the pictures can show because of the detail that can be seen from this close. Every little metal beam is visible and illuminated, you can really see all of the work that went into building it.
Our boat cruise was a great way to wrap up our time in Paris. Although it’s hard to leave (as it was in London), I am already looking forward to Rome.