About a month ago, DJB and I attended some venues that were open to the public for European Heritage Days. Each year, cities across the continent open up their public buildings for one weekend. Unfortunately, the first day rained like crazy so we didn't venture out. The Sunday was gloriously sunny so we managed to visit the Ecole Militaire (Napoleon attended this school), The Arc de Triomphe, and the National Assembly.
Our first stop was the Ecole Militaire, unfortunately all the photos were accidentally deleted. Basically it had a lot of military stuff showcasing the long history of the French army loosing wars to the Germans and British (kidding..!). DJB drew a picture to recreate what we saw.
Our next stop was the National Assembly, but the line was too long so we thought we would return when the line died down (worst decision ever!). We headed to the Arc de Triomphe because it was free, and the view is spectacular.
Looking down the Champs-Elysees
Towards the you know what.
Facing La Defense.
284 steps to the top (or in this case bottom).
After the Arc we decided to head back to the National Assembly because we were sure that the line would be smaller. We were terribly wrong. We waited over an hour in this line.
At which point we passed security only to see this line.
After another hour and a half, we finally made it into the doors of the National Assembly (lower house of government).
It seemed more suited to royalty as opposed to politicians.
But this is one of the great republics!
After about 20 minutes we ran into another line!
Eventually we made it into the actual assembly which was actually quite stunning.
Last stop was the library, and to my displeasure didn't even have one copy of Twilight.