Churches and more
Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
20Trip End Jul 14, 2012
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Back to the metro and a short ride later brought us in the vicinity of Notre Dame. A little further walk to the Seine and we had the perfect view of this magnificent building from across the water
After a quick bite at a place across from the Notre Dame we attempted to go and have a looking at the Jewish holocaust memorial behind the building on the Seine, however it turned out they didn't open on a Tuesday (it is impossible to predict Parisian opening hours). We took the metro to Place de la Concorde, a giant square famous for the separation of King Louis XVI's head from his shoulders. Usually the square, fountain and obelisk make an impressive and expansive site - less so today with it in the middle of preparation for the arrival of Le Tour de France
Planning for a nice night of dining out, we headed back to the apartment and waited for Carrinne to finish work before getting changed and going out. We rode the lines across the city to Monmarte, a pretty (though people heavy) and old part of the city that - after a bit of a climb - gives a visitor a sweeping panorama of the city. The place was bustling with tourists, touters and locals gathered on the steps singing and drinking their wine. At the top is the stunning Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, an iconic and beautiful building that towers on high from the top of the hill and looks even better lit up at night. With a plethora of restaurants to choose from we went to a place that had a little private courtyard to the back and live music spilling out from inside. The food itself was a bit of a letdown (Shenae is a very strict onion soup connoisseur) but we couldn't complain about the company (or beers and cocktails). After looking at the beautiful Basilica by night we wandered back down to the metro station (with its decorative art nouveau sign - I remembered something from high school art) and dropped Carrinne off at the apartment (she had to work the next day) before continuing our way to see the Eiffel Tower by night.
Lit up with spotlights and shadowed by a colourful night sky, it is a night sight of Paris that cannot be missed. We stood around for a long time taking photos (Blake's camera proving to be far more handy than ours) and enjoying the view. At 1am the tower glittered in a dazzling display for five minutes, like some oddly-shaped disco ball, before going dark for the night. We struggled to get a taxi but finally located a rank of them, weaving our way home after a very long day.