David and I have both been working so hard over the last two week, and trying to catch up at work from all our summer travels. All this hard work has us reflecting on our past travel and working hard toward our current travels.
We are sharing a previous trip we took a few years back to Marseille, France and Chateau d’If. David insisted we go to the prison where the Count of Monte-Cristo (a mythical book published in 1844) was based. David loves the book of the man, Edmond Dantes, who makes a wonderful comeback from prison to a Count with revenge. David loved the book so much he insisted I watch the movie together prior to our trip, and I was impressed as well.
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile or Triumphal Arch of the Star in Paris, France. It is a monument to the fallen solders of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
You can walk under the circle intersection of twelve roads and pop out in the center – and walk around checking out the twelve roads surrounding – you can take the elevator up to the top – but the line was HUGE – or you can book this in advance and skip the line – remember the tip of doing these at least 30 days in advance.
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and is in Paris, France. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as the Louvre Castle in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II. The building was added onto many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV moved to the Palace of Versailles, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection.
We did not go inside, honestly we have been inside back in 2008 and we all agreed spending the day in a museum when there is so little time was not on our schedule. So these are some pictures of our time at the Louve (out side) or above as the museum is below this area we are in.
Tip: We have seen the Mona Lisa picture, it is inside the Louve, but surprisingly small and a very crowded exhibit.
Tip: The entire Louvre area is a HIGH ALERT pic pocket area. We use strap over shoulder purses, and money pouches to minimize loosing all our money.In busy areas, the boys put there backpacks on the front side.
We arrived in Paris, France after a long and tight (economy)
flight – we drove to Toronto, Canada from Detroit, Michigan only 3 hours in
good traffic from our home – this will save us about $1000 per ticket using
this method. I recommend this as an
option for considering any travel.
Tip: Check airports within a few hours of your home for potential flight discounts. Driving a few hours can save thousands.
Room check in was at 3pm, we asked to check in early, but they said the room would not be ready, so we had to keep busy from 10am until 3pm. We decided to separate – as everyone in our group – except our youngest son Garion had already been to Paris, and he wanted to see the Catacombs. So the girls and myself took off for the ….. Zoo a favorite from out last trip and a side trip to the Curie Museum. We each purchased a subway ticket and left Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport, with our luggage. David and Garion, never made it to the Catacombs – too long of a line for their patience.
Tip: Book Paris Catacombs online in advance – 30 days if you really want to see them.
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile – means Triumphal Arch of the Star. I heard there were a lot of recent riots in this area, but a quick check of the recent news showed those were over months ago, so lets go! The Arc de Triomphe was built to honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. It is HUGE. More picture to follow in future post.
TIP: Figure out what you will do with yourself, and where to put your luggage between the time you arrive in Paris to the time you can check in. Wish I would have checked the luggage, and saved the long haul to the zoo carrying our luggage.
We read that the zoo is the second oldest in the world, and was built in 1793 with the animals coming from Versailles after the revolution – instead of killing the animals during the revolt, they saved them and they eventually ended up here.
Next post: Date night in Paris with my handsome husband & Notre Dame, she still stands – and under repair.