We took another bus trip, and aside from the group of Marines who thought it'd be fun to get wasted at 5:00 in the morning, it was a relatively enjoyable drive! We left Stuttgart at 5:00 am on New Year's Eve, and got to Paris around 3:00 pm. The tour company had planned a New Year's Eve dinner and cabaret show for us before heading down to the main New Year's celebrations.
|Chris singing "New York, New York"|
After the meal, we walked around Montmartre, which is a very artistic, Bohemian area. Many artists had studios in this community such as Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh to name a few.
Chris and I were very determined to stray away from our tour group as much as possible, one thing we did learn in France, is they are not too keen on large groups of loud Americans.
|The Eiffel Tower Sparkling|
Just before midnight Chris and I ventured down by to the Eiffel Tower. At the beginning of each hour, the Eiffel Tower would "sparkle", thousands and thousands of lights on the Eiffel Tower blinked really fast to give it this effect, it was so beautiful! We were a little disappointed though, we thought they set off fireworks on the Eiffel Tower, but apparently that is only on Bastille Day (we were a little more disappointed when we saw London's amazing display on the news the next day!).
|My favorite picture I took|
|Notre Dame de Paris|
That evening Chris and I broke away from the group again, and ate at an amazing restaurant. The French can take any boring piece of meat or vegetable and turn it into something simply amazing with the sauces they use. This was a three course meal. To start, we ordered mussels in a delicious garlic sauce. Chris got the beef for the main meal, and I got the salmon. We sampled each-others meals and both were to die for. Dessert was an amazing caramel crème brûlée, I don't think I've ever had anything so amazing!
The last day of our trip we spent the morning at the Musée du Louvre. We arrived fairly early in the morning, so it wasn't too busy. That however, did not last. Soon throngs of Japanese tourists swarmed the place and made it difficult to enjoy any of the exhibits. In all our travels, the only time we've really ever dealt with rude people is from the Japanese tourists. They will walk right into you, push you, stand in front of you while you're trying to take a picture, it was ridiculous! Aside from that, the Louvre has some really amazing artwork and history and was very interesting to see.
All in all Paris was an amazing city, and we had such a great time. I would love to go back again and spend more time at places we weren't able to during this trip (like Louis Vuitton... just off the top of my head).
|In front of the Louvre|
|Venus de Milo|
|Second floor of the Eiffel Tower|
|The Mona Lisa|