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The bastille
Today cousin Yan was going to head back to the Big Apple so we made our way over to the Bastille where he and his friends were renting an apartment. We found the place okay even though neither one of us had paid much attention on the walk last night. We sat around and waited til the travel group was picked up by their cabs. Saying good bye to cousin Yan was over quickly. It was now 1pm already. Time to get moving. There was a lot on my agenda today. First stop Sacre Coeur.

We jumped on the orange 5 Metro and headed toward Bobigny. We had to switch to the blue 2 Metro and got off at Anvers. As soon as we got out of the Metro we saw the hordes of tourist streaming down this one alley so we decided to take the next one. We still hadn't eaten anything this morning or, errrr day.
Church along the way
We found a Indian restaurant on what looked like a shady alley but we didn't care since we were starving by now. I don't like skipping breakfast but didn't care at this point. So we went in and ordered the lunch menu. Alex had the meat skewer ( yes, meat, no idea what kind) and I had the chicken skewer. Both meals came with a vegetable looking something, I believe it may have been spinach, and rice. On the side we had some flat bread and 4 different kinds of dips. One of them tasted like cucumber and was green in color, 2 others were red and tasted sweet and the 4 had chunks in it and was spicy! Alex ate that one all by himself. haha The food was delicious!

We were now ready to get on with our day. We climbed Montmatre to the Sacre Coeur basillica. It overlooks Paris and is one of the most beautiful structures in Paris.
Someone's court yard
It looks dull gray when it's cloudy but when the sun is shining, it seems to glow a brilliant white. We decided to go through the park to get to the church. Took lots of pictures. There was a 4 men band playing on the top stairs to the basillica. We listened for a little while just because it was nice to hear English. haha We then went inside Sacre Coeur and circled it once. Picture taking was prohibited but I snapped a few with my cell phone. I got caught. Pretended I didn't know and moved on. I simply don't understand the no picture thing. I think if you turn off the flash and act in a reasonable manner you should be able to take pictures anywhere you want. There was no mass going on. If they don't want people to come inside other than for prayer then don't make it a public place.
Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
Sorry I get really ticked off when someone tells me to put my camera away. hehe Especially when there is profit thinking behind it. They seem to not be bothered by having a gift shop inside the church. I think that is ridiculous!

We were done here and headed back to the metro. Next stop Eiffel Tower! We arrived at Tour de Eiffel 15-20 minutes later. Got some coffee at a bistro to warm up. This area is open space and very windy. We decided not to pay to climb the tower or take the elevator. It was already cold down here even though the sun was shining. So this is were the fun began. I have seen so many trick shots of the Eiffel tower here on TB and elsewhere so I decided it was time to take some of my own. Hubby was thrilled. He had almost more fun with it then I did.
White Sacre Coeur
Posing and coming up with new ideas. Spent an hour snapping pictures at various distances. Slowly working our way down Tour de Mars park over to the Ecole Militaire, which was heavily secured by police. Sort of weird seeing a Peace monument right across the way from that. But there it was. A very odd looking structure.

It was getting dark again at 4pm. We decided to get a little more out of the rest of the day. We walked toward a big building with a golden dome. It turned out the Musee de L'Armee. The grounds around this place a huge. One side is a park and the other looked to be military barracks. We circled the building to the front and took some more pictures here. We were now at Pont de la Concorde. We crossed the bridge over to Concorde square and took some pics of the Egyptian obelisk standing at the center of it.
Gray Sacre Coeur
The last rays of sunshine over Paris were saying good night.

We headed back to the Latin quarter after this. Had some dessert and coffee at one of the countless bistros then headed back to our hotel.
I was starting to write some of my blogs when the fire alarm in the hotel went off. Alex got torn from his nap. We grabbed our coats after checking the hallway for smoke. There wasn't any. We decided might as well go have dinner since it was load from the alarm and we had to vacate the room because of the alarm anyways. We new it was false but when we got down to the lobby we saw a bunch of older French ladies who apparently got very freaked out. None of them had shoes on, one was in here pajamas and another covered herself with a huge leather coat, obviously not hers. It was kind of funny. The concierge was on the phone, probably with the fire department. It took a while for him to get off the phone to tell people it had, in fact, been a false alarm. I now felt bad for the ladies without shoes. We headed out to get some sushi and let the excitement die down.

When we got back, everything was back to normal. We headed up to our room and went to sleep. Last night in Paris.

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The bastille
The bastille
Church along the way
Church along the way
Someones court yard
Someone's court yard
Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
White Sacre Coeur
White Sacre Coeur
Gray Sacre Coeur
Gray Sacre Coeur
Me and Paris
Me and Paris
Outside the church
Outside the church
Lemme in!
Lemme in!
Chillin.
Chillin.
Sacre Coeur close up
Sacre Coeur close up
A neat little water thing.. not su…
A neat little water thing.. not s…
Eiffel Tower, be right there!
Eiffel Tower, be right there!
Photo shoot
Photo shoot
Being silly
Being silly
Im singin in the sun!
I'm singin' in the sun!
Us
Us
In case you cant walk up
In case you can't walk up
Transportation
Transportation
Walking back down toward the Metro
Walking back down toward the Metro
Waiting for the metro
Waiting for the metro
Those are real people
Those are real people
Weeeeeere here!
Weeeeee're here!
What a monster
What a monster
Us
Us
Me and one of the legs
Me and one of the legs
One part that wasnt covered
One part that wasn't covered
Welcome!
Welcome!
Taaaall!
Taaaall!
Me and the tower
Me and the tower
Look what I can do!
Look what I can do!
Its thiiiiis big!
It's thiiiiis big!
Eiffel Tower solo
Eiffel Tower solo
Tower from the park
Tower from the park
E voila!
E voila!
Military museum
Military museum
Its glowing in the last sun rays …
It's glowing in the last sun rays…
frontal view
frontal view
The smallest gas station Ive ever…
The smallest gas station I've eve…
Metro
Metro
Making friends where ever I go. :)
Making friends where ever I go. :)
Where are we?
Where are we?
Sunset
Sunset
Place Concord
Place Concord
Obelisk on Plaza Concorde
Obelisk on Plaza Concorde
Illuminated Latin quarter
Illuminated Latin quarter
A griffen statue
A griffen statue
Not sure which church this is.
Not sure which church this is.
Paris
photo by: Sweetski