This is the sad face of being exiled to the hallway while the carpet man is measuring the living room. #tragic
She is so curious about the construction going on, but she's really good about not going any farther than we say. Consequently, she is always only "kind of" in the way...
I'm really thankful for this plane which is taking me home as I type this. The trip has been absolutely wonderful, but I am so ready to be at home!!
This about sums up how my last day of the trip was spent. After a doctor visited me in the hotel room, and after the wonderful staff of WC and Explorica themselves made sure I was doing okay and always had someone to call on if I needed something, I essentially rested and medicated the whole last day of the trip while the group was out around Paris.
The last excursion of the trip that I took part in was thankfully one of the most important. Our group walked to the Eiffel Tower to get a reservation to ascend it later that night. While I didn't stick around for the evening trip, it's still amazing to sit underneath such an iconic world landmark.
The first place that we visited on Friday was the world-famous Louvre Museum, the largest museum in the world, and home to some of the most well-known peices of art in history. Our tour guide told us that there is so much to see in this museum, that even if you only spent 8 seconds looking at each peice of artwork, it would still take over 7 months straight to see everything.
Among the highlights were the Mona Lisa, the Venus De Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
After we ate, and after the sun went down, we headed up one more flight of stairs to the rooftop of the building, where there is a dedicated observation desk that provides a 360 view of the whole city. It's frankly (ha) stunning!
This was the view from our seats in the restaurant. It provided us with a beautiful panorama of the whole city of Paris, highlighted of course by the Eiffel Tower.
After arriving in Paris, the group had some time to dress up before what was easily our "fanciest" dinner of the trip. The restaurant is on the top floor of this building, the Montparnasse Tower, which is the 2nd tallest building in all of France. Pictures of the view coming up next.
On Thursday morning, the group left Switzerland via bullet train and on to our last destination on the trip: Paris! This last bit of land travel on the trip provided such beautiful views of the Swiss and French countryside, including plenty of the Alps! --- PS: My apologies for not posting any photos in the last few days. I've been essentially bedridden with a massive ear infection for the last 2 days of the trip. By the time this photo and the ones after it are posted, I'll actually have landed back in Los Angeles already!
So it's going to be very difficult, and maybe even impossible, too truly showcase the beauty of this place on Instagram, but please take my word for it when I say that it is such a breathtaking sight to behold from this hotel. This is the same landscape that I showed a slice of this morning, but this time, in full daylight.
When I visited Lucerne in 2011, I came away with the thought that it might well have been the cleanest and tidiest city I'd ever been to. Today certainly didn't disprove that!