The Louvre is the world's largest museum. You could get lost in the there. Easily. As a tip for anyone thinking of going- get the museum pass before coming here; the time it saves you in lines at the Louvre alone makes it worth the price. The Louvre was actually quite overwhelming between the crowds and the way the art is crammed in just to fit on the walls! We visited the Italian paintings, in order to pay homage to Mona Lisa. Amos fought the crowds to get a closer look. I was content to see the mysterious lady's smile from afar. We also saw sections of Ancient sculpture, a wing whose crown jewel is the stunning Venus De Milo, and portions of the French sculpture wing as well.
Besides the paintings, the number one thing I wanted to see at the Louvre was the wing of Mesopotamian artwork. The column upon which Hammurabi's Code was first carved is in this section as well as these stunning bull deity statues that are well over 12,000 years old. They set them up, along with huge panels of bas-relief carvings, as they would be arranged in an Assyrian temple to an awe-inspiring effect. Since they tower over you, it might not be noticeable at first, but if you count the legs, you can see four visible legs if looking at the carving from straight on, and four legs if looking at from the side (where it now appears to be walking forward). It shouldn't be possible to have all four legs always visible, especially if the statute appears to change from a standing to a walking pose. Glanced at from an angle reveals the trick of how they accomplished that- the statute in fact has five legs!
Our boat tour took us down the Seine River, under some of Paris' most famous bridges. The one with all the funny carved faces are supposed to be the English Court that France was fighting against at the time. The faces were modelled off of criminals though and it still caused something a scandal that any nobility- even enemy ones- would be modelled off of that! Notre Dame was particularly stunning from the water,and above you can see me listening to our audio guide. As you can see from the last college, we also saw the smallest house in Paris, and some of the Wild West followed us to Europe (No joke, I've seen Wild West stuff every trip I've ever been in Europe on. Buffalo Bill toys in Venice, Cowboy street artists in Rome, Western Wear stores in Prague, photos by artists I've met in the British Museum, and now teepees and Buffalo Bill comics in Paris. Guess we really do live somewhere others see as exotic!)
After the boat tour, the main event started- our dinner at the Eiffel Tower. To be clear, this dinner was a gift from Amos' work. Some might consider it touristy, but we found it fun! I tried some Duck Foie Gaie. We didn't get to climb further than the first platform, where the restaurant is located at, but enjoyed views of Paris and, leaving much fuller than we left, we also got to see up close this tower of lights.