Paris Trip 2010 Day Five and Six – The Louvre and The Eiffel Tower

Day Five was the day that Jovie had started to work. Since we covered roughly the same places on the day and the subsequent, I’ll combine them together in a single post.

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Colorful rectangles and a head at Quality Burger Restaurant.

That was where we had our breakfast together with Derrick, Crono and Tze Pen. Little chatting, little planning. Back in the hotel, while they worked on their stuff, I kept myself occupied with online surfing. It was noon time when Jovie was done with her job.

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Rush rush rush

We dropped by at Musée de la Mode et du Textile (Museum of Fashion and Textiles), part of Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The fashion museum boasts a huge collection of costumes, fashion accessories and textile as well as work of celebrated modern designers such as Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Raoul Dufy, Sonia Delaunay and the embroiderer Rébé.

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Finishing the museum, we exited into Jardin des Tuileries, the formals gardens  that were laid out in the 17th century, and later restored and filled with striking modern and contemporary sculptures.

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Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (background) built by Napoleon as an entrance to the former Palais des Tuileries.

The anti-climax of the day was when they discovered that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays! Blind spot – the guidebook says it is open 9am-6pm Wed-Mon (to 10pm Wed, Fri). Judging by the number of people, we were not alone. So we hung around the area for a while.

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What's up birdie?

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A bird in hand.

Shopping was the next item on the agenda, and we headed to Boulevard Haussmann. I helped myself with the street outside the malls.

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If anything, air is the only thing I have to complain about this lovely city.

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We met Derrick and the rest at Trocadero later and Jovie did some touch up for Tze Pen.

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Eiffel Tower from Trocadero in the evening.

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180 degree change. Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars the very next morning.

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What's travel without some cheesy tourist pictures?

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Walked to Trocadero again. Why did the pigeon cross the road?

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Sk8erBoi.

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Sk8erGal.

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Galeries Lafayette. Heaven for women.

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Surprisingly a decent roast chicken set like this cost only 7.30 Euros at the foodcourt of Galeries Lafayette.

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Can't get enough of the tower. From the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette.

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Shakespeare and Company is literary landmark – a small, cramped but wonderful bookstore located in the 5th arrondissement, in Paris’s Left Bank. Definitely a must-go for book lovers. I purchased a copy of An Inner Silence: The Portraits of Henri Cartier-Bresson, complete with the bookstore stamp.

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Crew in action.

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Le Flore en l'Ile, located at the western end of the Ile St Louis, directly across the bridge from Notre Dame is a charming cafe with wonderful ambient and friendly service.

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The rich hot chocolate.

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Unforgettable chocolates.

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Even the sugar cubes look extraordinarily sweet!

We completed our round-trip as we landed back the Louvre.

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Jardin du Carrousel

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I admit I had developed a fetish for spiral staircases in Paris.

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The Louvre Pyramid at night. Daylight would not do justice to its grandeur.

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And the saxophone performer closing our night with his ending music to our long day.

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