First day exploring Paris
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Last night I met a guy in my room name Grant, who is from New Zealand and a fellow lone traveller. We decided to go explore the city together as we are both Paris newbies. We hopped on the metro to Bastille and then walked along the river towards the Notre Dame (almost walking onto a movie set but I didn't see any one famous or know what it was for), had a few minutes looking at the squirrel-looking Gargoyles of the Notre Dame, then through the exteriour squares of the Louvre,seeing the pyramide, a couple parks, one of which we were sitting next to a fountain and had a mini tornado sweep through and cover us in water and dirt!, through place de la concorde, Champs d'Elysee, Arc de Triumphe, then onto another park which has a really great view of the eiffel tower.
We then walked under it to another park and then found an International beach volleyball tournament where a bunch of ladies were playing. For Grant's sake, we situated ourselves behind the back line of the court and watched some very fit ladies jumping around and diving for the ball. I was pretty impressed and it was nice to see sand again!
I had heard about the view up on a hill in Montmarte, so we went north trying to find it. After wandering through a bunch of different areas and stumbling across the Moulin Rouge (not very impressive) and a sex shop showing films catered to Hetros, Homos and Sadoists, we quickly moved on to find the church. En route we mistakenly ended up in a cemetary complete with a black cat that came out of no where.
He wanted to walk through the cemetary but it was freakng me out so we continued towards the "butte". Once we found Montmarte, I fell in love. It's my favourite part of Paris so far. There's lots of shops, restaurants, artists doing portraits of people (who look waaaaay better in the portrait that they do in real life) and just a lot of character. We found the Sacre Coeur Basilica and sat on the hill next to it taking in the magnificent view of the city. We could see most of it except the area with the Eiffel tower due to a lot of trees. Apparently you can see a 360 degree view if you climb to the top of the Basilica.
We then found a cute, little restaurant had a meal and a bit too much wine.
Not surprisingly, we got lost on our way back and ended up walking for a half hour in the wrong direction along a canal (ok so maybe I'm not so good with a map when I'm a wee bit tipsy).
Once again I meet a really cool person I have lots in common with and then I have to part ways after a day!
PS - I'll be keeping you informed of the progress! :)