Day 2 was spent figuring out the Metro line, which thankfully my husband excels at. He will spend hours studying it to know precisely where we need to go and how we need to get there. I only need to follow him.
This is the Metro Map. If you look on the far left under the White Box Map Key there is a black star – that is our hotel.
We decided to spend the day at the Louvre. We arrived without incident but once we got there we found the one flaw in our plan. The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.
Instead we walked, and walked, and walked. We went around the courtyards of the Louvre, then walked through the gardens to the Avenue des Champs-Élysée and walked all the way up to the Arc de Triomphe. We walked up the incredible staircase inside the Arc and made it to the top! Pretty damn cool.
Then we started winding our way back up the avenue to the Louvre again with many detours in and out of places for coffees or to “see what’s over there.”
Eventually we ended up walking the banks of the Seine. We got back to the hotel after a day of walking approximately 9 miles according to my pedometer rested for 30 minutes then went out and explored the neighborhood some more! We’ve been to the grocery stores, and the corner Italian restaurant.
So far the only thing that’s been unpleasant is the fact that there are NO public bathrooms in Paris. You have to really search for a restroom and then chances are it will be very small, very dirty, and you will have to pay to use it. This means two things, long lines at every womens bathroom, and the smell of urine all over the place. Every nook and cranny along the Seine appears to be used as a quiet place to pee. We inadvertently caught, and took a picture of a man relieving himself in the formal gardens at the Louvre.
On our third day we went to the Louvre, where we walked, and walked and walked, then we wandered some more. Hopefully by Day 5 I’ll post about Day 3.