eurotrip: paris III

The next day we visited the Sacré-Cœur Basilica which is a basilica located at the highest point in the city of Paris. It took many steps to get up there, but we made it and the view from the top was amazing. No photos were allowed inside unfortunately so I just took photos of the exterior.

Afterwards we went to the Catacombs; I was super excited to explore the underground cemetery that holds about 6 million people. We walked down a narrow, spiral staircase to get to the cemetery, and to come back up . . . I swear, I lost my breathe at one point. It seemed to go on forever or until I was able to see daylight again!

Afterwards, we had lunch at Hippopotamus restaurant which was close to the exit of the Catacombs. Of course, they served “American” food.

We then went to Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens) which is the second largest public park in Paris. We sat around there for a while until we decided to move on to our other stops before the day ended. Yes, we did a lot in one day!

This is how the Latin Quarter looks in the daytime. Still busy, but not as crazy. We were on our way to the Notre Dame Cathedral.


eurotrip: paris II

Since the evening was still early, we decided to check out Arc de Triomphe so we could cross that off our list. Anyhow, we had to walk through an underground path in order to get close to the historical monument, and it was difficult finding the entrance to that tunnel. Perhaps we are horrible at following directions though. Anyhow, after snapping a few photos, it started to rain .  . . really hard. We ran back to the underground tunnel, and waited for it to stop raining so hard . . . but the clouds wouldn’t give way. We then decided to make a run for it to the metro . . . and we got soaked. And then we got soaked again when we ran from the metro back to our hotel.

And of course the irony of it all was that it stopped raining after we got out of our wet clothes and showered. Ha. We then decided to head to Latin Quarter to check out the cheap eats and a bit of the nightlife.

Arc de Triomphe
150 Avenue des Champs Elysées
751116 Paris, France

Latin Quarter
5th and parts of the 6th arrondissement of Paris

eurotrip: paris I

When we arrived in Paris, Eurostar offered us free chips and a bottle of water as compensation for the delay. They also later reimbursed us 50% off our ticket!

Greedy and stupid me put my bottled water and dslr in the same bag . . . and you can guess what happened next. Lets just say I couldn’t use my camera for the rest of the day, which was fine since most of the day was over anyway due to the train delay. I’m just glad it worked the next morning!

The next day John and I walked across the street from our hotel, Villa Des Ternes, to have some breakfast. I had an omelette that cost an arm and a leg.

And by the way, I noticed it might get confusing if you’re new to my blog . . . but the couple pictured in my Europe photos are not of me and my boyfriend; that’s Dan and Jenny. I like taking pictures and not being in them. Well, and also it’s hard being in your own photos! 🙂

Anyhow, we made our way to the Palace of Versailles which is about 30-40 minutes away from central Paris. After waiting about a little over an hour in line for tickets (if you ever go, buy your tickets online to avoid this!), we made our way to the gardens first. It was so beautiful . . . and so very hot so we rushed through it due to the heat. We didn’t have time to visit Marie-Antoinette’s estate sadly since we got to Versailles in the afternoon so we just explored the grandeur palace.

Naturally my favorite room was the Hall of Mirrors. You might have caught a glimpse of it in Midnight in Paris if you saw the movie. The Hall of Mirrors is renowned as being one of the most famous rooms in the world. There are 357 mirrors in this room; pretty amazing, right?

Following Versailles, we made our way back to Paris to check out the Eiffel Tower in the daytime, and took some photos.

At one point, Jenny was just about to set her camera on a ledge to take a group shot. Next thing we know, these shady looking fellas came up to us, and asked us where the restroom was (they were locals for sure). And yes, they came extremely close to the camera, but Jenny still had a good grasp on it! Phew. After they left, we quickly checked our belongings in case those sneaky scumbags had pick-pocketed us.

After the scare, we found a restaurant to have dinner. All the seats outside were taken unfortunately so we had to sit inside, and it was humid. Luckily the place served us a jug of water for free to quench our thirst and to relieve the heat. I had escargots here, and they were so disgusting; I couldn’t finish them. The night before I had delicious escargots too!

Villa Des Ternes Hotel
97 Avenue Des Ternes
17th Arr., 75017 Paris, France

Chateau de Versailles
Place d’Armes
78000 Versailles, France

Eiffel Tower
Parc du Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France
75007 Paris, France