My apologies for the photo heavy post! I took well over 100 photos yesterday, culled over half of them, and still ended up with so many that I couldn’t discard from this post. Tourist problems!
In the morning Chris and I walked around the Montmarte district of Paris, near where we are staying. We hiked up a hill to Sacré-Cœur Basilica, a spectacular old church overlooking the city.
The day was looking bleak again, but as the morning progressed the sun began to pop out. We walked down from the hill and through the red light district so we could walk past the Moulin Rouge, which was somewhat smaller than I anticipated.
We walked for a few more kilometres, taking our time and enjoying the city. Eventually we made it to the Arc de Triomphe, and spent a good ten minutes trying to navigate how to actually get to the centre of the roundabout.
Next it was on to the Eiffel Tower. We were unsure whether we would climb the tour due to the weather, but the blue skies were keeping up and the wind wasn’t an issue, so up we went. We opted to take the stairs (plus there was a massive line for the elevator) and spent ages climbing up. My legs were burning, but it was totally worth it.
We could have spent hours looking at the views.
We are too cool for selfie sticks, so we keep it traditional and take photos of each other.
We were both starving by the time we came down, so we hunted down a creperie and ordered a traditional buckwheat pancake with ratatouille and olives. After a bit of a rest, it was on to more sight seeing!
Below is the building of the National Assembly. Chris and I both studied the French Revolution in year 12 History, so it was fascinating to see some buildings that we understood some of the history about.
A bit later on we encountered the actual bridge, which was falling apart under the weight of all the locks. Chris had read somewhere that they are going to remove all the locks soon, and at the moment most of the bridge is covered by wood.
After all this walking we needed another rest, so we sat down for a beer and enjoyed watching the world go by.
Then it was on to the Notre Dame (above) and the Louvre (below). Chris had warned me how big the Louvre was (he had already been in Paris two nights before I arrived). It was massive. No photos can do it justice.
Our respective Danish and Czech student visas managed to get us into the Louvre for free, so we had a quick wander around. You could easily spend days in this place, and probably still not see everything.
Fulfilling tourist obligations.
By the time we came out the sun had gone down and the city had lit up. It is a whole other experience seeing the city at night.
The Eiffel tower sparkles at night, which is quite spectacular to see. We wandered through the Louvre gardens watching it, before heading back to Montmarte to meet Aidan for some French cuisine. Snails and foe grais! Oh, and red wine.
After dinner we went back down to see the Moulin Rouge at night.
Paris is quite a spectacular city, with so much to offer and see! We are leaving today, but still have some time for sight seeing this morning. Our flight to Madrid is not until late, which unfortunately means we are going to probably sleep at the airport. Wish us luck…