I flew separately from Aaron and unfortunately landed on opposite sides of Paris city center. Aaron actually arrived in Europe the night before on an early morning flight from London to Paris. The most logical meeting point was the famous Gare du Nord train station. Both extremely jet lagged but a little pep in our step as we are in Paris! After some struggles with our bank accounts to withdraw cash, we were able put our luggage in a locker to allow us to explore the city without checking into our hotel on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.
Starved after days of travel, we must have been off our rockers, because our first meal in Paris was… McDonald’s. I think we may have been a little overwhelmed by where to go and what to do and my hangriness may have been setting in. We decided we had the rest of the day for sightseeing! And so on we trudged to Museé D’Orsay. My legs we’re severely hurting with sciatic pain from sitting so long on the plane. And the overcast sky didn’t help with our sleepless state.
We saw many cool paintings at the museum, including works by: Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir! Renoir was our favorite. It is amazing how many people seem to line up to take a picture of the most famous painting, be it Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso or Monet. Aaron and I have a smooth tactic of not trodding through an entire museum, but instead look up top works of art and search for them – much more efficient that way and you don’t get burned out.
After D’Orsay, we decided we just couldn’t go on anymore (and by “we” I mean me). We grabbed an Uber right as the rain started to poor and headed to our hotel in Versailles. We were lucky we had an ethical driver because we both fell asleep on the way. We ate room service for dinner and promptly went to sleep.
Aaron snapped this beauty – note the irony of the selfie being taken with the self portrait of Van Gogh. We also took quite a few additional pictures from the Musee D’Orsay.