Friday, April 27, 2012

Paris Day Two

It felt like a slow start today, as I didn't get much sleep last night, I guess that happens when you move eight time zones, but we still managed to get in 8 hours of fun today.

We left the apartment and headed to the Tuileries metro stop, stopping for a quick salad on the way to the Vincennes Castle on the outskirts of Paris.  It was an easy metro ride and we arrived in another time and place.

Around 1350, John II initiated work on the below Keep, both a place to live for the king and keep prisoners.  The Keep was completed by his son Charles V around 1370.

A protective wall with 9 towers was then built around the Keep.

Vincennes housed kings through the 16 and 17th centuries, until Louis XIV moved to Versaille in 1682.  Below is the Queen's pavilion "or really big house" and opposite it, across the courtyard was one that looked the same and was the King's pavilion.

Started by Charles V, the below chapel was also built and modelled after the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.  This chapel is also called Saint Chapelle.  They are called sister chapels.

After riding the metro back in toward Le Arc de Triumphe, we realized we were hungry and needed sustenance.  This consisted of coffee, beer, bread, and cheese and we were ready to hit the pavement again!

We will be going up in the Arc de Triumphe later in the visit, but just walked around and under it this time.

We had a great day, it was gray, but it didn't rain.  One thing you can't help but notice in Paris is the large amount of motorbikes, scooters, and motorcycles.  They are so interesting.  The French really are full of contradictory paradoxes.  They smoke everywhere.  Kim and I are starting to feel peer pressure to smoke (just kidding).  But I have yet to see a person on a motorcycle or scooter without a helmet!

Tonight as we were walking back from dinner, we came across this metro exit.  Yes, this is where people come out of the Metro at a stop near us. 

Don't mind the fuzziness, that happens after a couple glasses of wine.  Au Revoir.

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