This was another full day. We got a little bit lost at first looking for the D’Orsay museum, but found it after a quick detour where we ran into the Asemblee Nationale and saw a guard in a plastic box. The D’Orsay Museum was our favorite out of the ones we visited on this trip. We both enjoy art from the Impressionist period; I especially love Monet. I would definitely not mind having some of his work in our home. After the museum, we were really hungry and found a boulangerie on the way to the Rodin museum where we saw some of Rodin’s most famous works.
From the gardens of the museum we could see Napoleon’s tomb. If I hadn’t known it already, I would have then thought that Napoleon was his own biggest fan. It is almost obscene how big this monument is. Next to his tomb is the Hotel de Invalides, which houses the Army Museum. We didn’t make it through all of the exhibits, only the extensive WWI and WWII exhibits. They were very well done and exhibits of this kind always put me in a bit of a somber and reflective mood. So much evil abounded unchecked during those wars.
After we finished our museum tours, we went to the Arc de Triomphe and saw gorgeous panoramic views of Paris and then watched the relighting of the Eternal Flame on the tomb of the unknown soldier. It reminded me of our changing of the guard at Arlington, but less solemn and reverent.
Once we were done at the Arc, we headed off to a yummy dinner with Tracy, where I forgot to get pictures of people but only got a picture of my dessert.