7.22.08 - 7.23.08 80 °F
To answer a question from the previous entry. Why does one tour a sewer? It was free and we are here six days! Besides, French poo! Also, yes, that was a real Van Gogh. It was in the Van Gogh room at D'Orsay.
There have been a lot of questions in the comments that we haven't answered. We will... someday. Probably when we return home. We'll have a huge answer post.
Anyway, this is our last full day in Paris! And my (Steph) 22 Birthday! (Lucky bastard...birthday in Paris twice now -Josh)
First off, yesterday we went to the Rodin museum. You know, he did The Thinker. We got to see it too. Two in fact! Apparently he made several of them. We aren't sure if we saw "The" Thinker, but we saw two by the same guy so... yeah.
(We've dubbed this the "Little Thinker")
We also explored the Jardin du Luxembourg. It's a really beautiful garden with tons of trees, fountains, and activities. Also, for those of you who saw M Night Shyamalan's craptacular movie The Happening, this is the park at the very end. But I won't spoil that for you... but you really shouldn't see that film.
And then our "I see dead people" part of Paris began. We went to Pere Lachaise cemetary, which has a butt load of celebrities buried in it. Everybody from Chopin to Oscar Wilde to Jim Morrison. We saw all three of those graves.
Oscar Wilde's grave has been extremely defaced, but somehow I don't think he'd mind. The grafitti mostly proclaims love for the man including bright red kisses, hearts, and love notes written in lip stick.
Jim Morrison's grave was surprisingly bare and hidden from view.
We ended our day watching the sunset from the Sacre Couer. All of the buildings (including the Sacre Couer) turned orange, then pink... the perfect romantic Paris moment. We also got a view of the Eiffel Tower as it sparkled in the night sky across the city. Pretty.
Today we slept in a bit (my birthday gift) and then headed out to see the architecture at Les Halles. It was once an old food market and Josh just had to see it. It may or may not have been designed by Eiffel. We are still confused on that.
Then it was off to the Catacombs! More dead people! What else could a girl want to do on her birthday than hang out with these fellas?
The catacombs are where they put the remains of the bodies when the cemetaries started to overflow. They just dug up the old graves and threw them in these underground vaults. Pleasant thought, huh? Happy birthday to me!
We are pretty beat now. In birthday tradition, we'll be going to the movies. Yes, another movie. We are tired and have run out of reading material! We'll be seeing L'Incroyable Hulk. Let's see who can translate that one! This will probably be our last post from the road. When we get home tonight we are going to pack. Then tomorrow we head back to London. The day after that we fly home bright and early in the morning. Ugh.
We have a lot of things we want to say though, so even though we'll be home this blog won't be finished. We'll definitely have a food post and possibly a hostel post. So keep subscribed! As always, there are way more pictures on Flickr. Check it out!