Lining Up in Paris

Trip Start May 10, 2012
Trip End Dec 03, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Day 85:  Today we headed to Paris which will be one of our busiest stops on our trip with so much planned.  On our arrival day we checked in and walked around our hostel area (Montmartre) and eventually made our way up to the Basilica of Sacr Coeur, this gives one of best views of Paris next to the Eiffel Tower.  The Basilica had many sculptures and stained glass windows, all impressive.  We then made our way down the other side of the hill and just walked around the shops trying to find Emma a dress that she could wear to the Moulin Rouge the following night.  Eventually found one and then headed back to the hostel and cooked some dinner.

Day 86:  Today was a busy day, we got up early and headed first up to the Eiffel Tower.  We got there at about 9am because we heard that the line gets incredibly long and when we got there there were already a couple of hundred people so we lined up.  We then realised that we were lining up for the elevator but there was nobody at the stairs, so instead of waiting for 2 hours or so we started walking up straight away and got to mid way point in 5mins and then got on the second elevator straight away.  They view from the top was pretty amazing, you could see a 360 degree view of Paris with the Arc de Triomphe and the Pantheon among others, eventually we made our way down and did the whole thing in about hour, much better then waiting in line.

Afterwards we walked towards the Arc de Triomphe which is pretty impressive too, we didn't go up as we had already seen our view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, there were some really cool statues on the monument and also saw the grave of the unknown soldier.  It was only a little after 12pm at this point so we thought we could do the Catacombs as well but when we got there the line was pretty big and we over heard some people saying that they had been there for an hour and moved 20m so we worked it out that if we waited it would have closed before we got to the front so we left.  We still needed to find Emma some shoes so we did a little shopping on our way to the Pantheon.  We went into the Pantheon which was pretty cool but I have seen more impressive buildings, it contained many paintings and sculptures and had an exhibition about some author and composer but was not overly interesting to me.  We then continued up to the Notre Dame but ran out of time to go in so took some photos of the front and would come back another day.

That night we went out to see the Moulin Rouge, this wasn't something that I would have done by myself if I wasn't with Emma but it turned out to be an exciting night, there was plenty of singing, dancing and nudity, plus other acts including acrobats and comedy so in all it was a better night then I had been expecting.

Day 87:  Today was just as long as the day before.  We got up early again and went to the Louvre, again we heard to get there early as the lines got pretty big but we just walked straight in, very simple.  This day we saw heaps of paintings and sculptures and artifacts from all different cultures and time periods, we saw the famous ones including the Mona Lisa (which was very difficult to get a close up photo without somebodies head in the way).  At the end of the day we ended up seeing about two thirds of the Louvre and then gave up as it was just too big and we were too tired.  

This night I headed out on a pub crawl with a few guys from the hostel while Emma stayed in with one of the girls she met, in hindsight I wish she came so she could look after me :).  All was going pretty good, we went to the first three bars, met some people, had some drinks and then at about 12am I don't have any memory of what happened until about 4am when I was running down the street, this was odd as it has never happened to me before so I reckon there was something in my drink that I'm not used to.  Anyway the other guys got back at about 1am and told Emma that they lost me and Emma stayed up the rest of the night looking out of the window for me when I finally got back at about 5am.  

Day 88:  Needless to say that today was a bit of a waste of a day.  We got up at 11am and I was still drunk but we went out to the Catacombs but when we got there it was the same scenario as last time with the line being too long to worry about lining up so we just went back to the hostel and went to sleep.  Fun day huh? :)

Day 89:  Today we were both feeling much better and we headed out to Disneyland.  I was really looking forward to this and the rides promised to be amazing, much better then Osaka  I hope.  We went into the Disneyland Park first which we found to be a bit more for littler kids, some of the rides were really good and some not so much, the only good one was Space Mountain but other then that the rest was definitely for the younger kids.  We then went over to the Walt Disney Studios Park which is a lot better, the rides were more thrilling and scary.  I found the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror short but scary and the Aerosmith Rock and Roll coaster really good and the other ones were good but still better then Disneyland.  We didn't wait long in any line except for the last one which was about 70mins but we didn't mind as it was our last one.  After this we caught the train back to the hostel and called it a night after a long day.

Day 90:  Today was our last day in Paris and our last chance to see the Catacombs.  So we got up early and got there 45mins before it opened but still ended up waiting over 90mins until we got in.  It was different then what I expected but still worth the wait.  It had plenty on the geology of the area which I found interesting even if other people didn't and then at the end was where all the bones were placed (some 6 million), some were arranged in decorations but most were just piled on top of one another, just the area we were allowed to see went on for about 800m.  

After the Catacombs we went to the Notre Dame that we had missed the other day, this was impressive but had way too many people there, again plenty of statues and stained glass windows.  Next we went back to our hostel and headed to Rennes.
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