S: Meena & Rahul in Beautiful Paris: September 2012
BC: Rahul & Meena Shukla | 38 Quail Run Warren, NJ 07059 | Shukla100@Gmail.com
FC: Beautiful Paris | Meena & Rahul in | September 2012
2: We took a train from London to Paris | Eurostar trains go through the Channel Tunnel between UK and France.
3: We reached Paris at 1:00 pm on September 18 | September 18
4: Hotel du Louvre is situated next to Paris’ biggest and most famous museum of arts, Musee Du Louvre This 5- star hotel is located in the very heart of the Paris of arts and culture
5: A walk in the evening to an Indian Restaurant
6: September 19
9: The Musée du Louvre is one of the world's largest museums. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 650,000 square feet. With more than 8 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the world's most visited museum. | Louvre Museum
12: Napoleon III's apartment at Louvre Museum
13: In the Richelieu wing of the Louvre museum, you will find the apartment of Napoleon III and his exquisite, glamorous wife, Empress Eugenie. The glittering apartment has been restored to the same sumptuous splendor that they had before the end of the Empire.
15: Mona Lisa, oil painting by the Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer Leonardo da Vinci, is probably the world's most famous painting. The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now on permanent display at the Musée du Louvre | Mona Lisa Painting
16: Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and considered one of the most famous Greek sculptures. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, it is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans). From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. | Statue of Venus
17: Nice Italian meal before we go to see world famous and mischievous cabaret CRAZY HORSE
19: Le Crazy Horse de Paris is a Parisian cabaret known for its stage shows performed by nude female dancers and for the diverse range of magic and variety 'turns' between each nude show and the next.
20: September 20 | Notre Dame de Paris (French for "Our Lady of Paris") is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well-known churches in the world., | Museum d'Orsay
21: The Musée d'Orsay is a museum housed in a grand railway station built in 1900. Home to many sculptures and impressionist paintings, it has become one of Paris' most popular museums.
23: The arch was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victories, but he was ousted before the arch was completed. In fact, it wasn't completed until 1836 during the reign of Louis-Philippe. The Arc de Triomphe is engraved with names of generals who commanded French troops during Napoleon's regime. | Napoleon's Triumphal Arch
24: We find another great Italian restaurant, great food and excellent service.
28: Taking train to go to Versailles, 10 miles from Paris. | The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. The Palace and its magnificent formal garden became the quintessential model for palaces in Europe | September 21
32: Moulin Rouge
33: Moulin Rouge, (French for Red Mill) was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Ollerand and it is marked by the red windmill on its roof. It is best known as the birthplace of the modern form of the seductive can-can dance. Today, Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction,for visitors from around the world.
34: September 22 | Museum of Modern Art | The Musée National d'Art Moderne has the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world with more than 70,000 works of art.
35: By now, we figure out their train network pretty well, enjoy exploring train rides and are on our way to goto Eiffel Tower
36: The Eiffel Tower is an iron tower named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel who designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the the most-visited paid monument in the world; with 7 million visitors a year. The third level observatory's upper platform is at 915.7 ft about the same height as an 81-story building.
40: Another great find: La Perla Italian Restaurant
42: September 23 | The Musée Rodin | The Musée Rodin was opened in 1919, dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The Thinker and The Kiss . Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden.
43: The Kiss depicts the 13th-century woman Francesca who falls in love with her husband's younger brother Paolo. They fell in love while reading the story of Lancelot and Guinevere. They were , discovered and killed by Francesca's husband. In the sculpture, the book can be seen in Paolo's hand. The lovers' lips do not actually touch in the sculpture, suggesting that they were killed before their lips ever having touched.
44: Charles Garnier designed the Opéra de Paris. It was completed in 1875. Napolean III envisioned a temple to the arts as the pinnacle of a modern movement. It is unquestionably one of the most beautiful theaters in the world, as well as one of the grandest. | Palais Garnier: The Opera
46: Back at La Perla, one more time
47: Midnight in Paris
48: We could almost touch the Louvre Museum on the other side of the balcony | View from the balcony: The Opera can be seen at the end of the street | September 24
49: Our room and the hotel lobby
50: Back at Paris railway station to catch a train to London