Harley and Anouk: Yesterday we visited the Louvre Museum. It had lots of priceless paintings including the Mona Lisa. When we got to the room that the Mona Lisa was in, it was jam packed with people taking photos. We managed to take a photo which was lucky (lucky that Anouk was so small, she managed to squeeze through the gaps and get right up to the front to take a photo). It was really exciting seeing the original painting. A fact about the Louvre: there are over 35,000 artworks and it would take at least 9 months to see them all.
Today we left our apartment early and went to the Eiffel Tower. There was a long queue to wait in, but when we finally got in, we took the elevator right up to the top. The views were amazing and we saw the Arc de Triomphe, lots of buildings and cars and tiny people (like ants). We saw the Seine River with lots of boats going up and down and bridges crossing it. Some facts about the tower: there are 704 steps to climb to the top floor, it gets 7,000,000 visitors each year, it weighs 10,100 tonnes, has 336 floodlights and 20,000 light bulbs and it is repainted every 7 years using 60 tonnes of paint - wow! We were pretty stunned to go up the Eiffel Tower and see the views.
Today we also saw the Statue of Liberty, just like the one in America but way smaller. It was in the Luxembourg Gardens. It is one of 4 statues, the big one in New York, 2 smaller models used by the artist Frederic Bartholdi in designing the statue and one from the USA as a thank you (these 3 are spread around Paris).