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“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
So today we had a few hours left in Paris before our flight, so I suggested we visit Jardin Du Luxembourg, the second largest park in Paris. We had a nice stroll around there, I managed to shoot todays photo and then, after a spot of lunch, took a walk around the corner to St Sulpice Church, only slightly smaller than Notre Dame and therefore the second largest church in the city. We had a wonder round and got lots of photos, it really is an amazing structure. Then we headed back towards the hotel to grab an early dinner before picking up our suitcases and making our way to the airport. We got there just in time for half of the airport to be closed off by soldiers with guns after some idiot had left their baggage unattended and didn’t come back to reclaim it! Finally home now and quite glad about it, Paris was lovely, but a few more weeks there and I think we’d have been bankrupt!
“In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.”
Our final full day in Paris and we decided to finish our trip off by starting today with a visit to the Louvre, it never ceases to amaze me just how vast it is. I had to pop in and see the Mona Lisa again, and fight my way to the front, taking no prisoners! Anyone would think they were giving away free money at the front, crazy! We Headed over to Montmartre afterwards to visit the Sacre Coeur, or La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre to give it its full title, literally the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. An amazing building that it seemed almost a crime to walk away from without having photographed the inside, but they literally have security jumping on anyone who dares picks up their camera! I managed to get some decent shots from the outside, but the weather was so miserable, and this places really shines in the sunlight! Afterwards my one final request was to get a photo of the Eiffel Tower as it lit up at night and twinkled on the hour! Such a beautiful sight, and the wife agreed it was an amazing way to finish our trip!
“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”
Another late start for us, waking up at 10:15 this morning, but thinking about it, with the clocks going forward on sunday and adding an hour on for French time, our body clocks were probably thinking it was 8:15am! I feel less guilty looking at it this way! After we got ready and made our way our, we headed to the Eiffel tower and got in the queue, which took us about an hour and appreciated the view from the top. A magnificent structure, and I find it hard to believe the locals wanted it torn down soon after it was built! After the tower we found somewhere to stop and eat and warm up a little, the food was delicious (still expensive, mind!) and then we took a walk down the Champs Elysées before heading to the top of the Arc De Triomphe, where I took todays shot from!
“The French cook; we open tins.”
Today was our first full day in Paris. We had a good sleep and woke up late, and didn’t really feel like breakfast so headed straight out to the Louvre, which was frustratingly closed, but it had been a pleasant walk there, so we simply moved on to Notre Dame Cathedral, which, although I have now been there three times, never fails to impress. The photo from today is taken inside Notre Dame of the main ceiling. After that we grabbed some lunch and headed to Notre Dame Crypt, which was not quite as interesting as we’d hoped. Our next destination was a cruise down the river Seine, which included a drink and a crêpe, and meant an hour of sitting down, relaxing and taking in the sights. After the cruise we checked out the queue for the Eiffel Tower, but they were huge so we left it and headed to the less popular, but equally impressive Montparnasse tower for some magnificent views over the city, and also of the Eiffel Tower itself! We finished our day off with a lovely meal in a nice little restaurant, sat by the window, over looking Gare Montparnasse and all the people walking by!
“I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.”
So after a pleasant breakfast at Birmingham airport and a relaxing flight high above the clouds, seeing the sun stream in through the plane windows, we finally land at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, and to be honest, it was a nightmare to find our way round! It seemed to take forever to get out and find the train station. Most airports seem to make sense, even with the signs in a foreign language, but not CDG! Eventually we found our hotel, checked in and took a wander up to the Eiffel Tower for a nose around before stopping off for food… Paris is one EXPENSIVE place to eat! Still, its reassuring to be asked how you want your burger cooked, rare, medium or well done… far more tasty and enjoyable than our substandard british equivalent! More sightseeing in the morning!