My Life - So Far

"Unbounded ambition makes an obscure existence simply impossible for me"
Lucien de Rubempré

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Murano Resort III

Yesterday evening we went to the Louvre. On friday evenings the entrance is free for people under 26 years. So in no time we were inside the famous museum. Actually we just wanted to see the Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci back in 1505. So we walked straight up to the first floor and past most other paintings. Most other visitors thought the same, as a big crowd was already waiting to see the Mona Lisa. Honestly, it's not that impressing as the painting is rather small and behind a glass wall.
Anyway, we then went upstairs to see some belgian painters like Rubens.

When we left the Louvre, there was a fantastic evening ambiance! The sun was lightening the sky and all the old majestic buildings! So we decided to eat in the nearby thai restaurant Baan Boran. The chicken with green curry and cocos milk for Valentina and the chicken with red curry were delicious, so were the fruity appetizers called Phuket Morning! The restaurant is located rue Montpensier, actually just around the corner of the Louvre. It was already full and we had to wait for 5 min until a table was free. But the waiting time was really worth it!

This morning we went to the Tour Eiffel. You either could walk up the stairs to the first and second floor, or you could take the elevator to the third floor on 274m! And this is what we did! It was pretty cold and windy up there but the stunning views made up for everything! The weather conditions were good as well, so we could take some good pictures. When we returned to the ground we walked to Trocadéro where we eat crépes! After a short metro ride we left at Avenue New York where we saw the Lady Diana memorial flame, as she died there in a car accident in 1997. Valentina knew that there is a replica of the statue of the liberty in Paris. I found something about that in the Lonely Planet and not much later we strolled along a artificial narrow island in the middle of the river Seine to the statue.

After a lunch stop we went to La Défense. It's the major business district for the city of Paris, with 150'000 employes and 20'000 residents. We sat down for a while and enjoyed the sun!

In the evening, we went by metro to the station Crimée where my friend Peter was waiting for us. We last saw us at the Kantifest in Schaffhausen and he was so kind to drive us home late at night. This time we were invited by his girlfriend Marie to eat a very delicious quiche lorraine!


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