Where in the world are Raime and Kate? travel blog

Our first glimpse of le Tour Eiffel!

The view of Paris from the top floor of the Musee d'Orsay

Le Champs du Mars from 668 steps up the Eiffel Tower!

Classic shot...

Arc de Triomphe

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

Kate is still Kate, even on holiday

Basically this means a lot of heat, lack of air conditioning and a LOT of people wherever you want to go! But we have still been having a wonderful time here. It's been wonderful to be out of the hostel scene for a few days. We're staying with a friend of Kate's from high school (Tamara Brisk!) who's living here now. It's been such a treat to cook our own meals and watch movies!

Yesterday we went to the Musee d'Orsay. What a beautiful museum! We really enjoyed it. Our favorites were all the impressionists, especially Monet and Renoir. Then we headed over to Le Tour Eiffel where we walked up 668 steps to the second level! It's such a nice view of the city from up there, especially since there aren't any other really tall buildings around. Then we went over to l'Arc de Triomphe. It is so big!! And we walked down the Champs Elysees which we were a bit unimpressed by, since we thought it would be a lot more fancy, with Gucci and Armani on every corner. But there was a Bennetton, a Gap, and a McDonalds! It was a long day but we really enjoyed seeing the city.

Today we were again very efficient with our site-seeing. We started the day at the Lourve, which was beautiful but a bit overwhelming. We spent 3 hours there but left knowing we could have spent a month! We heard from someone that if you spent 15 seconds looking at each piece in the museum you'd be there for 300 years and after today, we believe it! Then we went to a wonderful little boulangerie for lunch (thanks Mark!) before checking out the Notre Dame. It's quite impressive. Our last stop was another climb up to the Basilica de Sacre Coeur. The view of Paris from up there is amazing and there are tons of artists on the streets, painting and selling their work. Needless to say, the beautiful paintings were out of our budget! And where would we put them? For another visit...

One more day to enjoy Paris (although rain will supposedly slow us down tomorrow) before we head south for the Tour. Hope all is well at home. Thanks to everyone who's been leaving messages on the site! à bientot!!

ps-We're working on the photos thing, we promise! We're having technical difficulties, but hopefully we'll have them posted soon. xo.

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