Via Iceland, we arrived in Paris exhausted last night but awoke today ready to walk. Our hotel is next to the River Seine and between the Louvre and Notre Dame, so no need for public transportation, which is plentiful. First stop was a tourist information office near the Louvre to buy a museum pass, a package deal that provides admission to almost all major Paris museums, plus — the best part — almost no waiting in lines. All that for 48 euro each. The euro is about $1.09 these days.
So, off to the Louvre, just a few minutes away. Too much to see in a day, a week, or even a lifetime, this museum is home to five Da Vincis, more than any place in the world.
After a picnic outside the Louvre, we had a leisurely walk along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triumphe. Again, the crowds were not bad and we hiked many stairs to the top for unmatched views. Plus, the tower was “free,” part of the museum pass.