Day 12: The city of lights!
We again had breakfast in the hotel and then met up to go to the Muse Dorsay to see the vast collection of Impressionist, naturalist, and realist art that was created in France. The most popular of this museum collection are the Van Gogh works and the Monet and Manet paintings. This museum was a little less interesting than the Louvre, but it was a shorter stay. Joe and I walked down the riverside towards the Eiffel Tower.
There was hardly any line for the elevators that climb the tower, which was fortunate for us. The slanted glass elevators did not freak me out as much as I had expected and anticipated, but the ride was still quite an experience. At the second level we changed elevators and within a few minutes we were at the top. Needless to say the view was spectacular, and the clear, sunny day allowed us to see all of Paris for miles. We found some of the other big tourist sites, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Statue of Liberty. Luckily it was not too windy because we heard it was freezing cold at the top a couple of days earlier that made the top miserable. After the tower we went to an extremely high class mall to eat on the top floor. The restaurant we had planned to eat at, however, was closed by the time we got there, so we decided to eat at a Chinese place we saw a floor lower.
After dinner we all went to the famous shopping street in Paris, Avenue Montaigne, and visited a few fancy stores. We walked the entire street to get to the Arc de Triomphe at the end just as the sun was setting. We went to the hotel for a bit, and then some of us went out to the Greek Street (The nightlife scene in Paris, full of bars, clubs, cheap Greek food, and shops) for some crepes and shopping.