So Much to See in the French Capital
Trip Start May 04, 2011
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Eiffel Tower, Eiffel Tower, Eiffel Tower
We then descended the hill and made our way out to the Seine island that is home to Notre Dame Cathedral and the original heart of Paris. I had seen the interior of this Cathedral in 2009 and climbed up the tower to see the bell too
Our 2nd full day in Paris was another packed one. A trip to Eiffel Tower and taking photos from some of the good vantage points. Mum was not keen on going up the tower, which was a relief for me cause the queue was ridiculous. Instead we went over to the Louvre where Mum courageously took on this mammoth museum/gallery by herself. I was not keen on going in after seeing it in 2009 and its sheer size puts me off going in a second time. I like my museums small, with minimal reading and in a 1 lane organised fashion where u don’t have to double-back over your path...the Louvre is none of the above (come to think of it, I’m yet to find a museum that meets all my criteria). But worth it all just to catch a glimpse of Mona Lisa and a few other world-famous works of art. While Mum was in this former palace, I explored down to the Concorde Square where another Egyptian obelisk stands, then the Grand and Petite Palaces, a gold trimmed bridge, and the outside of the President’s Palace. We then filled our afternoon with a cruise along the River Seine taking in more angles of the Eiffel Tower and other Paris sights
We (I) then got horribly confused and lost trying to find a subway stop that would take us back towards our hotel. So we decided to just get a sandwich and walk our way back. I wanted to see the Statue of Liberty replica that sits on an island in the Seine, so walked to that. What a huge walk!! It was well into nightfall by the time we got back to the hotel, which means it must’ve been about 1030pm. All I wanted to do was crawl into bed, but time to pack our bags in readiness for another early morning flight. This time to Edinburgh, Scotland. A busy couple of days in Paris, but productive and I now think I prefer this city over Rome.