Lines were already forming for people who wanted to go to the top, but we passed by. We walked down the Champ de Mars and then made our way back to the metro and to Denfert-Rochereau and the Paris Catacombs. A line had already begun to form there as well, and we had to wait well beyond the 10:00 opening time in order to gain entry. The people who got there after us, however, had to wait much, much longer. By the time we entered, the line had wrapped itself around the block like a snake.
After we explored the Paris Catacombs, we walked along Avenue General Lecleric to the Jardins Luxembourg. We explored the grounds, enjoying the quiet beauty of the Fontaine Médicis before heading off again toward the Seine.
After a stop at the Pont des Arts to view the locks of love (now being removed by the City to preserve the bridge), we headed to the Musée d’Orsay and spent a wonderful afternoon with Manet, Monet, and Van Gogh. I was particularly interested in Monet’s water lilies, since we were heading to Giverny the next day.
Worn out, we weren’t done yet. On the way back to our hotel, we made a stop on the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. From the top we had wonderful 360° views of the city.
After resting for a bit at our hotel, we headed out that evening to Autour Midi . . . et Minuit for some music. This cafe hosts several jam sessions a week, and Glenn got a chance to meet some musicians and play.
Here's a slideshow of our day: