5.26.14 - It still feels like spring in Paris with the damp weather. Today made a perfect museum day and we checked out the infamous Louvre. This place is massive and Aaron was a sweetheart for seeing it with me for my first time even though he has been here twice before. This is definitely an all day thing even if you did the drive by look and fast walk like I did. The highlight of this museum is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. Expectation- be able to leisurely examine the painting and see the significance of this painting and why it is a masterpiece. Reality- pushing and shoving my way through a crowd of 50 foreign tourist just to get a quick glance and picture before getting pushed out. I don't understand why people take photos of themselves standing in front of each paintings, how many times are you going to look at that photo when you're home and why do you need proof that you were actually there. And there's no way those pictures you took are going to be better than the ones you can grab off google. At least we had some time afterwards to stroll around another garden area and surprise, with another fountain in the middle. I actually love the parks around Europe and wish there were more in the States. We were suppose to grab dinner with our Parisian friend tonight but decided to get a cheese and wine platter at a small cafe outside by her work beforehand as a snack. I love the cafés out here with their tables overlooking the streets. What I don't like however is all the smoking everyone from teenagers to the elderly do out here. It's so gross to be enjoying your food then getting a taste of someone else's smoke in your mouth. Julie took us to an area filled with small cafés, after leaving the first place for the bad service, we decided to go to her cheese fondue place. Julie is very French and she wanted to make sure to send us off with an authentic French cuisine experience. We had cheese that was melted like a fondue, fois gras, an apple tartine dessert, and wine. Our cheese platter earlier made us too full for dinner. The fois gras was very good, interesting taste and texture and I'm glad I tried it. It's not something that I'll hate the States for banning though.