LomoTravels: Recounting Paris Day 1 / Of Louvre and Arc de Triumpe

An early bus and flight equal to a whole load of waiting and traveling and more waiting. Upon touch down, it finally hit home that we are in a foreign country. Signs were all in French which left us scratching our heads aplenty.

Pretty soon enough we got a knack of it; sortie = exit anddddd that’s about it. While struggling through the ticketing machine interface to get our metro tickets, I regretted not picking up a few basic French words/phrases.

Those regrets deepened and literally forced themselves up my nose and mouth in the form of my first meal in Paris. Headed to a cafe which came highly recommended online. Even though it was way past lunchtime hours, the place was still packed to the brim. Thought to self, “This meal is gonna be darn good!”

Finally got a seat and realized the menu is the big chalkboard hung on the wall. Added bonus was that it was all in French. Binbin went for the safe option and ordered poulet which we sorta knew was chicken or poultry.

Feeling helpless (the servers were not fluent in English) and adventurous at the same time, I decided to order a dish called “AAAAA blah Andouillette blah blah blah”.

That AAAAA to infinity totally sold me on it.

Interestingly, andouillette turned out to be “a coarse-grained sausage made with pork (or occasionally veal), intestines or chitterlings, pepper, wine, onions, and seasonings” as Wikipedia kindly puts it. I call it the sh*t sausage.

Obviously this was of nobody else’s fault but mine. I should probably just leave the ordering to binbin next time.

Anyway, after negating the physical effects by having a few good rinses and mints, it was time to soothe the mental trauma with a visit to the Louvre.

Louvre palace and pyramid#1 Palace and Pyramid | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Xpro 200 | BUY IT!
An interesting shot to mix things up rather than the usual shot of the glass pyramid.

Louvre Pyramid#2 The Usual | Fisheye Baby 110 | Lomo Peacock Xpro 200
Can’t do without the standard shot of the Louvre Pyramid with a slight twist, in the form of a fisheye effect.

Remembered being utterly impressed when I saw the Louvre Pyramid in “The Da Vinci Code”. However, once there the pyramid felt kinda outta place, even to the extent of being an eyesore because of all the classical buildings surrounding it.

I’m sorry Louvre Pyramid lovers but I’m just not digging it.

We decided against entering the Louvre and instead drifted around on foot, checking out the Jardin des Tuileries where one can just grab a chair and while your life away. More walking, past the Place de La Concorde, along the Seine River and to the Grand Palais.

Charles de Gaulle statue#3 Keep Walking | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Xpro 200 | BUY IT!
The sun rays rather than the statue caught my eye as we were walking past the Grand Palais.

And so we reached Champ Elysees which resulted in us making the transformation from sightseeing tourists to shopping tourists. In our defence, we were still on the lookout for warmer gloves and clothing.

The Arc de Triomphe beckoned as we neared the end of the avenue. Got our tickets with minimal fuss and made our way to the top.

Spiral Stairs up Arc de Triomphe#4 Spiraling | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Xpro 200
Writings on the wall most probably in commemoration of the martyrs of France.

Up in the attic, useful visual aids detailed the history and provided close up views of the Arc’s sculptures. And then it’s finally time to brave the winds and get to the top proper.

view of Eiffel tower from Arc de Triomphe#5 Icon to Icon | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Xpro 200
A view of the Eiffel tower and one of the many roads leading to the Arc.

Arc de Triomphe#6 A for Arc | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Xpro 200
The night glow of the Arc reminiscent of the glow of the eternal flame.

Dinner was simple and virtually impossible to mess up. McDonald’s from across our hotel.

Yums (compared to lunch).

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