Ron

Firstly, let me introduce the newest member to my shoe family.

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Today was another beautiful day! Meghan and I, well rested set off for the Louvre just before lunch.
On the way there we found an amazing park which has a name but I’ll let Meghan pronounce down below. There we had lunch (left overs from our heisted breakfast) and basked in the sun. Filled with locals and tourists its hard to appreciate when you are sitting there; so much to take in!
I could see so many things working in harmony, everything had its place. I tried to imagine myself 4-500 years ago sitting in the same spot and wondering what the people of the day thought of this place. Clearly this is one of the most beautiful places on earth but did the people back then think the same?

The Louvre was…. Well lets just say Meghan enjoyed it. I have been to the Louvre and already know that everything is in French. There are so many wings to travel down (you have to pay for each area) yet because we had to see the Mona Lisa (of course you have to see it) we went to the same wing I had already been to.

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed it the first time I went and spent much of the day there listening about the pictures from an English CD recording however I find my issue with it all is that you have AMAZING, important, historical art and everyone rushes by it with the mentality of “well isn’t that nice, ok, where is the Mona Lisa?” Once you get to the Mona Lisa – BAM – disappointment sets in.

The Mona Lisa, probably the most lacking painting in the entire building is undoubtedly the most famous. Hundreds of people crowded around snapping pictures of it and yet so many other amazing (and probably more important historical paintings) are left with no appreciation.

Hey – check out all of pictures with Mona Lisa!!!!!!!

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Once we left, we headed to the shopping district where Meghan went shopaholic crazy for these stores. It was fun to watch her go on about purses, shoes, scarves, dresses, etc. Meghan backs Chanel because of something Co-co Chanel did about pants.

Luckily we found a “local” area of Paris where the real Parisians do their shopping. By the way, this is the location of my shoe discovery. It was as though they were perfectly hand crafted and placed there waiting for my arrival.

Meghan

We took our time getting into the heart of Paris this morning, enjoying our breakfast and the nice weather in our quarter of the city. The weather has been getting progressively better with our vacation. Today may have been the nicest day of the year. The sun was bright and hot keeping the tourists at bay in the shaded areas of the city. We, on the other hand, were big fans of laying out in full sun by a fountain outside the Louvre, facing an avenue leading up to the Arc de Triomphe. You know, just another spring day in Paris.

We then decided to take an air conditioning break, making our way through the Denon wing of the Louvre to see some of the most exceptional pieces of Italian and French art. Of course this included the famed Mona Lisa (aka La Joconde for you Frenchies out there!). Despite the fact that it may be one of the smallest pieces in the galleries of the Louvre that we visited, it is thought provoking and mesmerizing. To come down from the highs of seeing the visions of world renowned artists, we shared a milkshake in the café on looking the courtyard of the Louvre.

The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering down the, let’s call it prestigious, part of Paris. This included a leisurely stroll through the gardens of the Louvre as well as dipping our feet in the fountains of La Place de la Concorde. What came next could only be described as the culmination of ever so many of my fashion dreams. Hermes, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Prada, Missoni, D&G, Ferragamo, Cartier…Wish I had a bankroll that could have allowed me to purchase even the smallest of items from one of these shops. Alas, as Ron said trying to keep me in check, I will need to wait until I reach a point in life/career where a simple purchase will not require a credit check by the sales staff.

Along the way, we snacked outside of La Madeleine and passed by a number of ministries and embassies that required high security by well clad officers. Our last stop of the day was in a district which seemed to be 98% populated by locals called Forum des Halles, which appeared to be a modest shopping area with numerous cafés. Ron and I are still dumbfounded by the number of cafés in this city. Don’t Parisiens ever eat in?

Tomorrow, we hit the open road to take in the French country side on our way to Switzerland  Au revoir mon amour, Paris.

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