Posted by: griswoldfun | November 21, 2011

Paris: Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and the Orsay Museum

We slowed down a bit on our third day!  We started at the Arc de Triomphe:

All of the details are amazing!

Saw the Tomb of the Unknown Solider:

Climbed the spiraling staircase (284 steps!):

And checked out the awesome views of the city…

And watched the crazy traffic below:

Then we window shopped our way down Champs-Elysees:

I managed to negotiate a trip to the Musee d’Orsay, which is known for its collection of  Impressionism artwork.  The Orsay used to be a train station and while  I don’t think I use the word “grand” to describe many things, “grand”would definately apply here. A picture doesn’t do it justice (actually, none of these pictures do any of  it justice… everyone should just go to Paris!):

Then we took an afternoon break to do laundry… it was nice to stop and take a break. And we got to get a good glimpse of a typical neighborhood.  I actually should have taken pictures – the laundromat had the small washers that are seen in House Hunters International, but these huge industrial dryers that had clothes dry in 10 minutes. 

Finally, after dinner we went back to the Arc de Triomphe to see it at night:

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