We started the day at the Louvre with a 90 minute wait to get in. We had more waiting time in lines to see the Mona Lisa. The place is so large that we navigated like we do for city travel by going to the highlights. After seeing the Mona Lisa we saw anime Winged Victory Venus De Milo, and the Egyptian Antiques. We saw other stuff along the way including the old castle foundations that the museum was built on. Having A/C in the museum was nice! https://flic.kr/p/2gG5TKx
Next we tried to take a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour bus that comes with our Paris Lib Passes, to Musée D’ Orsary. We could have walked but we were trying to reduce exertion. The bus didn’t follow its designated route. We were driven all over the eastern side of the city along the Seine before ending up back near the Louvre. The bus was hot and crowded. We ended up walking about the distance we could have without the bus. The museum however was very nice—grand architecture of and old converted train station with paintings and sculptures from the masters. We spent most of the time with impressionists/others like Claude Monet, Passat, Paul Cezan, Matisse, Renoir, Degas etc. https://flic.kr/p/2gGcaW4
Next we hiked to the Rodan Museum. We saw The Thinker first, then looped the garden for more. We hiked to the Invalides again but just to catch a bus to the Eiffel Tower. Our tickets took us all the way to the top. Max lamented not being able to climb the stairs. Once on top, the temperature registered 102 F. It wasn’t bad in the shade. The humidity was 25%. We could see lots of people in the fountains inside the Trocoeero. However, it seemed like most Parisians were okay with the heat and no A/C. Many were eating dinner on the sidewalk cafes as usual. It was about 92 F at 11pm when we got to the apartment and we’re rest at Rue de Santiang. The weather is expected to hit 108 F tomorrow.