Thursday 9/3/09

We arrived at our hotel early in the morning to drop our bags off and head into the city.  Our hotel was only 1.5 blocks from the Louvre, so we were truly right in the middle of the opera district.  In fact, our hotel is in the exact center of the city of Paris!  We headed to the Louvre for a few hours and saw the major works (Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Coronation of Napoleon, etc.), and especially enjoyed the appartement galleries.  Having taken a class in Museums and Exhibiting in spring, it was equally interesting to see how the curators chose to represent the many exhibits in terms of inter- and intra-exhibit arrangements.  Then we headed back to the hotel to grab a much-needed nap.  After we had recharged our batteries, we took the Metro over to the Eiffel Tower.  Even though it was cloudy, it was still a decent night for photos (and it was the first night in Paris – you just have to go to the Eiffel Tower!).  Unbeknownst to us, the Eiffel Tower has a light show at night on the hour, which makes the whole structure twinkle, and we arrived at the perfect time to see it.  We had dinner in the Trocadero neighborhood and made our plans for the next day, our first (full) day in France.  In this upscale bistro, there was a dog sitting in the booth net to us – they are allowed in most of the hotels and restaurants in the downtown area!

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