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I just spent 3 days in Paris, and didn’t get to do near as much as I would have liked to.  I should have managed my time there better, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

I arrived on Tuesday morning, having taken an overnight train from Venice.  I slept like crap on the train, so once I got to my temporary home and settled in, I crashed out for about 5 hours.  Since the day wasn’t completely gone yet, I decided to hop on the metro and go see the Eiffel Tower at sunset.  Got some good photos, but couldn’t seem to get a ticket to go up to the top.  So, I enjoyed the view from the ground.

I visited the outside of the Louvre musuem, but got there late enough in the day that I didn’t think it’d be worth the cost to try and get inside.  Instead, I visited the Musee d’Orsay the next day and spent a few hours looking around there.  One thing that really struck me was the size of the canvasses that some of the artists used.  I don’t think there are walls in my apartment as big as some of these, and looking at them in a book or online just doesn’t convey the size and scope of the pieces.  I can’t imagine how one would set about even starting such a piece.

I tried unsuccessfully a couple of times to visit the Paris Catacombs.  Thursday they were closed entirely, Friday by the time I got there, the wait in line was so long that I couldn’t be sure that I’d get inside before closing.

I walked along the banks of the River Seine, walked along the Champs-Elysee and up the stairs to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.  I walked all over Paris, and took the metro a fair bit as well.  One thing that surprised me about the metro stations was just how many stairs are involved in getting around a station.  Not sure how one gets around the metro if they can’t take the stairs.

I’m now on the train to Amsterdam.  Someday I’d like to take a train ride facing forward instead of riding backwards…  And apparently chicken onboard the Thalys train is a dish best served cold.  Bleaugh.

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