A walking tour through paris
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December 15th, 2007 – by: CrazyLisa
The morning started off with free breakfast at our hotel. Cold cuts and cheese. Toast and cereals. It was free. I drank a dozen glasses of orange juice (the glasses are so small) and then we were off. We hop on the Metro and go to Hotel de Ville.
We enter (free, I love attractions that are free,yay) and walk through the church. There are all these amazing little spaces around the sides, statues and paintings and just this atmosphere.
We head over walking through the streets. We find this building whose name escapes me at the moment. It has all the pipes on the outside and the pipes are color coded as to which they are. Pretty nifty if you ask me. We walk on by and seeing the moving fountain. Su's camera decides at this point it is no longer charged and all pictures this point on come from my camera.
Walk over the second bridge to St. Chappelle. You mustgo through security to get in. I made the metal detector beep. I always do even when I empty my pockets. We get in and pay and you enter the bottom part. Its roomy and open. You find stairs at the back. They wind and twist up to a second floor.
We walk along the river and take more pics as we go. We head tot he end of the island and see a statue of.
Suddenly something catches out eye. We turn and way way way down the lane is Arc de Triumph. I can tell looking at it that it is far away but we are determined. We start walking and once more start taking pictures. We stop only once for a refuel. A Coke for me with a chocolate tart (my first real conversation in French with the lady helping us. Althought I did answer 'yes' in three different languages).
We finally arrive and take the stairs down and over to get to it. It is huge. Really big. Its a trip to stand inside of it. You can look up and its so tall. Each wall has a different scene and then in the middle is the memorial to the unknown soldier (at least thats what i heard.
It was nearing late afternoon and we had to hurry. I made an executive decision. I made Su get a a taxi. We had walked so far that day already and I would poop out if I had to walk more. We were glad we did though. We went to Las Invalidades. It was far from where we were. We got there with only 15 minutes to spare so we could not go inside anything and we could not go see Napolean's Tomb.
Now Lisa is really starting to get grouchy and poopy. We can't find the metro. I'm tired and really just cranky. I don't remember why. I just gve up and let Su lead. Now I'm a natural with directions. I can usually always find where I want to go. On vacations I get turned around and sometimes lose my way. This was one of those lost moments. Yet Su took the reins and walked us around until we could find the metro. Tada we found it. I gimped my way down stairs and onto the metro. Onto Montremart.
As all good girls will do. We popped off the Metro right into the red light district. Sex sells baby. We walked up the lane just laughing and pointing and taking pictures until we found the Moulan Rouge.
Our next stop was the Sacre Coeur. I put the foot down again about climbing all those stairs so Su instead took us to the tram whcich for 1 euro 50 would take us to the top. Yay. We didn't have to wait that long before we were in and up. At the top our rather the middlem there was still stairs up to the Sacre Coeur, we stopped and admired the view. It was nighttime and dark out. The city was bathed in lights. Off to our right was the Efiel Tower and and it was doing up its little light show. Behind us was the Sacre Coeur highlighting the hill. The pictures do no justice at all to that site. It was gorgeous.
We walked towards the left and found stairs heading down. We took them even though I was reminded of the exorcist the whole time. We wandered around some more then finally found a place to eat. La Panaroma. We sit down and order drinks. Some Irish Coffee so me and some beer for Su. Su had her first meal of snails here and I just watched. We ate and laughed and had a good dinner. Threw a few smokes in there and happy.
We grab the metro, now having a better command of it, and head back to the hotel. It was such a long day and we were tired. Plus we knew there would be a long day the next day.
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