Paris was fun but also definitely a very welcome change in temperature. We finally had temps in the 80’s rather than 100’s and there was always a nice breeze. We got in really early our first day since we decided to sleep on the train; we arrived at 6:30 and after walking to the hotel and checking in we started our tour of France at the palace of Versailles, once home to Louis the 14th. After seeing the palace from the outside, it’s clear why the French were upset and started a revolution. The palace was gorgeous, huge stone buildings, gold trim on some of them, and the gardens were at least 5 times the size of the palace. With the admission into the palace (27€, 18€ on days without fountain shows in the garden or without the garden part on show days) we saw many of the palace’s apartments, Napoleon’s office, and other rooms used for various activities. By apartments, I mean a group of 5 different rooms that each had different purposes. Every individual in the family had their own apartment- those must have been the days!
After looking through the palace we grabbed an over priced lunch and made our way out into the gardens. The gardens spanned a space MUCH bigger than the palace itself, housing many different gardens, groves and fountains. Many of the fountains were named after Greek Gods and Goddesses, and on weekends they spotted water to music, the “fountain shows” which we had to pay and extra 9€ for if we wanted to see the gardens at all. At the furthest park of the gardens, it’s the canal where you can find families and couples sitting in the grass under canopies of tress and people in the water in small boats enjoying the view. While I wouldn’t say it was worth the 9€, it was definitely an experience I am glad I had.
After getting back from the palace, we took some time to rest and recover before making our way to the Eiffel Tower. We walked along the river for the hour and 15 minute walk to the tower and once we arrive walked around and then decided to go grab dinner. We settled on a pizza which we got to go, along with some drinks, and made our way back to the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower. We enjoyed our pizza with a view of the Eiffel Tower and plenty of people to provide us entertainment for a while. We sat and people-watched while we ate and hung out until the sun set and the tower was lit up a brilliant orange and watched as it sparkles bright in the night. We also enjoyed crepes before packing up and heading back to the hotel for the night. Yummy!
The next morning we enjoyed breakfast, and actually sat down to eat it for the first time since our eggs Benedict in Prague! We had coffee, juice, croissants and scrambled eggs with sausage while we discussed our plans for the day. We had another long walk ahead of us, about and hour and a half, to make it to the Sacre Coeur, followed by the Louve Museum, the Notre Dame, and a walking tour of Paris. It was a long walk to the Sacre Coeur but it was fun to see the shops and restaurants along the way. The inside was big and intricately decorated and definitely worth the long walk up the stairs.
After the Sacre Coeur, we made our way to the Louve. The Museum is definitely large, with a beautifully carved stone facade. The Museum also surrounding the well known glass pyramids which stood tall above pools of water and the long lines of people trying to get into the museum. While we didn’t go in, it was still worth seeing the outside.
Our next stop, was the Notre Dame. Once we got here, we began our audio tour with Rick Steve’s which brought us through the Notre Dame and a few other important sites in the city. The Notre Dame’s outer facade was definitely a memorable one. The carvings showed the 12 disciples, and 28 other important figures. Additionally, there were gargoyles above and carvings showing scenes depicting life and death and decision day. The inside was equally beautiful, taking 2 centuries to build. Statues of Joan of arc and past arch bishops were found along the walls, along with carvings on the choir walls depicting important scenes in the Bible. The most beautiful part was the stained glass window, still containing the original glass. After finishing the walking tour around the city, we packed and got cleaned up for our last dinner in Europe. We enjoyed drinks and steak frittes while We people watched for the last time after a month of traveling across Europe. It was definitely an awesome and relaxing way to end our trip.
- Versailles and its gardens
- Picnic in the lawn of the Eiffel Tower
- Notre Dame and Sacre coeur
- The Latin quarter
- Versailles took credit cards so I had 30€ for our last day and a half in Paris, Yipee!
- We can’t wait to be home! We’re also glad it’s only a 10 minute walk to the subway station. Our feet can’t take much more torture!
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