On Sunday the game plan was to all meet up for lunch at a university cafeteria and then go on a walking tour. Jaclyn and I got up a little early to do some things around here and figure out how to get to the cafeteria.

We planned our Metro/RER (comuter train that goes to the ‘burbs too) ride but forgot to factor in that fewer trains run on Sundays. We were a little worried about being late but it was okay because everyone else was too. Katie took a long route, Meaghan’s train had “a line interruption” and Harrison overslept. In the end it didn’t really matter because the cafeteria was closed because it was Pentacost and that’s a national holiday here. Most other shops are closed on Sundays anyway so it took some walking to finally find a cafe.

After our customary sandwiches we headed off for the first marker on a walking tour descirbed in one of our many guide books. We started at La Place Concordes. It was the site of the Guillotine during the French Revolution and saw the beheading of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. In the center is a beautiful gilded fountain and a 3000 year old obelisk, a gift from Egypt in the 18th century.

The fountain at La Place des Concordes, the site of all the beheadings during the French Revolution.

The fountain at La Place des Concordes, the site of all the beheadings during the French Revolution.

A 3000 year-old Egyptian obelisk also adorns La Place des Concordes.

A 3000 year-old Egyptian obelisk also adorns La Place des Concordes.

From there we crossed the street to the Tuilieries Gardesn. I was expecting more flowers bu thte tress and statues were very pretty. There’s a huge fountain in the middle (these people like their fountains) and people were sitting all around just relaxing in chairs. We’re not a relaxing group so we walked and gawked at the  same time. While we were ther eAndres called and said he was a the Louvre and we could meet him there. That was the next stop so off we went.

In the middle of the Tuilieries is a fountain surrounded by a small pong. Mme. Chalufour said there are usually little kids with boats playing in the water but we didn't see any.

In the middle of the Tuilieries is a fountain surrounded by a small pong. Mme. Chalufour said there are usually little kids with boats playing in the water but we didn't see any.

A marble statue of Diana, or Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and protector of women. She was the namesake of my big journalism project this semester so Ayla, this one's for you!

A marble statue of Diana, or Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and protector of women. She was the namesake of my big journalism project this semester so Ayla, this one's for you!

We didn’t go in the Louvre that day, but even just seeing the outside is incredible! The pyramids are just as stunning and statuesque in person as they are in pictures and movies. I actually had Katie take my picture in front of them and I’m not a big self-portrait taker. The statues on top were beautiful in the sunlight/stormy-ish sky.

I.M. Pei's grand pyramid in front of the Louvre. Can you say wow?

I.M. Pei's grand pyramid in front of the Louvre. Can you say wow?

It never actually rained but it threatened to all day. I was okay with this because it made for an amazing sky!

It never actually rained but it threatened to all day. I was okay with this because it made for an amazing sky!

From there we went to the National Palace and gardens. On the way we walked through a square where a large string ensemble was performing. They weren’t your run-of-the-mill play in the street for money bums, they were classically trained students just enjoying the pretty weather and they rocked! Then entire crowd applauded after a few songs.

The string ensemble we heard in the square. I think they were students at the National Music Gallery, which wasn't far away.

The string ensemble we heard in the square. I think they were students at the National Music Gallery, which wasn't far away.

The gardens were built by Cardinal Richilieu and are now surrounded by houses on 3 sides. In the courtyard there was a really awesome metal sculpture with several huge, shiny balls. I tried to use my metal knowledge from Adv. Techniques to get a semi-decent shot. There were also several sections of the Berlin wall on display. They all had some sort of artwork on them done while the wall was standing.

I don't think you can see me taking the picture in this one but it was tricky. You can; however, see the reflection of the Palace walls.

I don't think you can see me taking the picture in this one but it was tricky. You can; however, see the reflection of the Palace walls.

A section of the Berlin wall covered with citizen artwork.

A section of the Berlin wall covered with citizen artwork.

Again the gardens were very pretty, but the people were the real treat. We saw a family playing hide-and-go-seek and decided we’re going to play sometime too. We also saw an older couple having a romantic picnic under the trees. Us girls thought it was adorable, the boys rolled their eyes.

The gang under the tree corridor.

The gang under the tree corridor.

The trees grow into a complete corridor, it's very pretty and very 18th century.

The trees grow into a complete corridor, it's very pretty and very 18th century.

On our way to the Opera Nationale (the inspiration for the Phantom of the Opera!) we walked by one of the universities of Paris and saw banners in the windows speaking out about the student strike. College is free as part of the social system here so the students can strike too (it’s the national pass-time).

A student banner promoting the strike. I'm not sure what the strike is about but I do know our host brother Vlad isn't participating in it.

A student banner promoting the strike. I'm not sure what the strike is about but I do know our host brother Vlad isn't participating in it.

We didn’t go in the Opera either, that’s another day, but it was magnificant! The top has golden statues of Apollo and his Muses that just glisten and shine in the sun and take your breath away! If the inside is half a beautiful as it’s supposed to be we’ll all fall over dead!

The National Gallery, the inspiration for the Phantom of the Opera. There's a real lake underneath!

The National Gallery, the inspiration for the Phantom of the Opera. There's a real lake underneath!

Katie played tour guide all day. She pretty much rocked it, she even used two books!

Katie played tour guide all day. She pretty much rocked it, she even used two books!

Next we say a tower topped with a statue of a man we couldn’t figure out. Eventually we realized it was Napoleon and it was outside the National Justice Hall. Neat.

Apparently this is Napoleon. We don't know who/what he's holding but to be frank this statute was a little boring in comparison to everything else.

Apparently this is Napoleon. We don't know who/what he's holding but to be frank this statute was a little boring in comparison to everything else.

Then it was back through the Tuiliers to head home. On our way we decided to stop for ice cream. Harrison has a really bad sweet tooth so we just all gave in. French ice cream ROCKS! I had peach and it was pretty much amazing!

After ice cream we all got on our Metros and headed our separate ways. All said and done we started our tour around 1 pm and finished around 4:30 pm without any real stops. Our feet are dangerously close to mutiny.

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