We stayed in Monaco and Provence each for 4 days and then travelled to Paris for our last 3 days in France. It was better than I remembered it 25 years ago. Everyone was friendly and accommodating. We walked down the famous Champs-Élysées, all the way to the magnificent Arc de Triomphe. This arch, which stands at the top of the Champs-Élysées, was built to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars.
The Eiffel Tower was something to see during the day and even better at 11:00 p.m. when it begins to Twinkle. The Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
The best thing we did was hire a private tour guide for the Louvre. The Louvre is the world’s largest museum. It has dominated central Paris since the late 12th century. We all enjoyed our 3 hour private tour thanks to our very funny French tour guide. We saw the Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and of course – the Mona Lisa!
We even visited Napoleon’s Tomb at Les Invalides. Les Invalides and the Army Museum were originally built during the reign of Louis XIV as a hospital and home for wounded soldiers and a small number of veterans do live there today. While Napoleon himself is known for his small stature, the marble tomb where his remains are laid to rest is enormous. For those of you not familiar with Napoleon Bonaparte, as a young man he attended a prestigious French military academy and rose quickly through the ranks, ultimately rising to power after the French revolution with it’s heavily used guillotine. In 1804 he crowned himself Emperor of France. Despite the fact he lost miserably in Russia, he was admired. When he lost to the British in Waterloo he was exiled to the island of St. Helen and died there in 1821.