Viva la France
We stayed at the France Louvre, 40 Rue Rivoli. Great location just 1 1/2 blocks to Isle de la Cite, Notre Dame, Place de Vosges. Metro stop: Hotel de Ville one block away. Bus stop directly in front of hotel. Cafe's around corner, ATM one block.
"The bad news was..."
Took the Metro to Versailles. I was 7 chemotherapies into a total of 8, so had limited energy. Knew entrance H had wheelchairs. We had left our passports in our hotel safe and they wouldn't give us a wheelchair without it - like we would drag it on the Metro with us or something. So thought we'd rent bikes and at least see the gardens; same story. Totally disgusted. Lesson learned. Lines at Eiffel Tower too much for me to wait in; same at Notre Dame.
"The good news was..."
The segway tour of Paris - I got to cover a lot of territory without walking. The Metro was great, very convenient and you can have the electronic ticket machines in a choice of languages.
Fun in France
When in Paris ..... My second day there happend to be a Sunday, and on the first Sunday every month there is no entry fee on museums, so ofcourse we went for the Louvre, had to see that mysterius smile of Mona Lisa (or Monna Lisa as most of the signs said???) The places was ofcourse filled with tourist, and you had to line up at all the famous paintings and sculptures, but we saw what we came for and hurried out to do some shopping :-)
The night life in Paris had to be tested as well, we started out at an Irish Pub, Edward & Son, where they played som live music, which was an ok place to start, but at some point we felt we needed a change and went down the street to O'Sullivans where they suprisingly had a lot of Danish Bartenders, never really found out why, but we had a great night out, and where highly entertained *ss*
As my stay in Paris was getting near the end we combined a shopping trip in Les Halles with a walk across the Seine where we also got a pic of Notre Dame before headding back to the centre of Paris where the friend I was visiting had to work
France Paris Musee du Louvre
"France Musee du Louvre"
Musee du Louvre
Originally built as a fortress in 1200 and then rebuilt in the mid-16th century as a royal palace, Musee du Louvre became a public museum in 1793. The face of Musee du Louvre became more modern in the late 20th century with the addition of three glass pyramids in the centre of the Cour Napoleon, which were constructed according to the design created by the Sino-American architect IM Pei. The museum began with a collection of 2,500 paintings in the late 18th century, and today contains more than 30,000 displayed artworks. It is divided into several rooms including those which hold paintings, sculptures, objects, Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscuan and Roman Antiquities. A section of the museum is also dedicated to a "primitive" art collection with pieces from the Americas, Australia, Africa and Asia. The museum's most famous painting is La Joconde, which is more popularly known as the Mona Lisa. Guided tours and recorded audioguided tours of Musee du Louvre are offered, or guidebooks are available for purchase. Entrance tickets are available for purchase in advance at several ticket offices and department stores: advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended to avoid queue lines. Allow between several hours and a full day to tour the museum.