Italy 2007 travel blog

Subway poster

Subway snacks

Rodin Museum

Rodin Garden

Rodin Gates of Hell

New sneakers Paris window

Tuileries looking west

Tuileries looking east

Finally found an internet spot that can connect to my camera ...

Monday: Went to the Louvre & decided to restrict myself to the Egyptian section this time. I saw the Mona Lisa 25 years ago & I gather it's much the same. Very beautiful Egyptian stuff; I didn't take any photos but you can get an idea at Actually, the trickiest part was staying out of other peoples' photos; it was pretty crowded. I got tired & grumpy about mid-afternoon and needed to leave for a nap. The Louvre is kind of like Ikea in that it isn't easy to find a shortcut out, but eventually I did. I went back the Right Bank that evening & walked around the Tuileries & looked at the Louvre from the outside. This is my favourite part, just walking around outside looking at stuff. Easier for a sleep-deprived tourist to not get claustrophobic. One pic is from the centre of the Tuileries looking west toward the obelisk & arc de triomphe beyond (I don't think you can see the arc), the other is facing east looking at the Louvre.

Tuesday: Walked over to Napolean's tomb & then the Rodin Museum. Here's my Paris museum tip -- skip the Louvres (unless there's something specific you need to see) & pick one or two of the 50-odd other museums. At the Louvres you get the sense that a lot of people are there at least partly out of a sense of obligation (that includes me).

The Rodin Museum is at his former home (see pics) & I really liked walking around through the house itself, mostly emptied of furniture & just full of sculpture. The "backyard" is several acres of gardens, also full of sculpture, & an outdoor cafe where I had lunch. I took the Metro over to the Latin Quarter again & wandered around shopping.

I wanted to go over to the American Church for an English AA meeting & it looked like a long way on the map, but I decided to walk it. It wasn't that far at all ... I walked around the whole Left Bank that afternoon. It's a smaller city than I thought. Every time I saw something that looked famous, I'd consult my map to see what it was. I was staying near the Eifel Tower so could use that as a reference point to find my hotel.

I felt like I was just getting the hang of Paris by Tuesday night.

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