Contiki Day 17 - Paris, France
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Full day in Paris!!! Yay!!! It was raining today and cold again now that we had travelled north. We hopped on the bus fairly early and headed straight for the Eiffel Tower. We wanted to get there before any major lines formed. We were successful with that because JB was able to buy our tickets within ten minutes and we didn't even have to wait for the 2 lifts up the top. I had read in other travelogues that you can sometimes wait for hours to get to the top but our luck seemed to continue! I was really scared once we were in the second lift, so I just looked at my feet the whole way up!
It was really windy from the top which did not help my fear of heights, but it did not stop me from admiring the fantastic views.
Once we were at the bottom again, the rain had eased and the sun was peaking through the clouds. Liz, Bree, Julia and myself grouped off as we did everyday and started walking toward Napolean's tomb. JB had set out a recommended itinerary for today.
It was probably a ten minute walk to Napolean's tomb. We decided not to go inside because there was so much more to see, so we took some photos of the building, including the gold rooftop. Pretty Impressive! The train station was right around the corner. We hopped on, with a fair amount of ease, and after two stops we were on the Champs Elysees!!! We walked up toward the the Arc and took some photos.
We then had lunch on the Champs before hopping back on the train to Notre Dame!!! It is absolutely massive! There was a line right around the corner and we didn't know whether to wait. Someone from our group said they had been waiting an hour and the line had barely moved. Then we realised that it was the line to walk up the spiral, we just wanted to have a look inside, so we walked around to the front and notices another long line, but this one was moving really fast. We were inside within 5 minutes, and we didn't get stopped to pay our way in. I had bought a pass from the Louvre to get into all the significant museums and attractions and I sort of felt like it was a waste of money because it seemed we were getting into everything for free anyway!!!
Inside the cathedral is really big, there are alot of people walking around, some are preying, some just sit and take it all in.
We had an hour or so left before we had to meet the bus at Musee Dorsay, so we decided to go to one more place, St Chapelle, which is a church which is made entirely of stained glass. It was walking distance from Notre Dame and we were there in no time. The line was long but we decided to risk it. Again, the line moved quickly and we were inside within 20 minutes.
I was the map guide today (As I was most days, I am pretty good with directions!), and according to the map, we had to follow the Seine River, go past a few bridges and we would come across Musee Dorsay. It didn't seem that far at all, but when it took us 15 minutes to come to the first bridge, and we still had 3 to go, we weren't sure if we were going to make the bus.
It seemed to take an hour to get back to the hotel because of all the traffic, but luckily we got back with enough time to get ready for our night out!!! Bree and I waited byu the lift and for some reason it didn't want to come!! We waited 10 minutes because none of us wanted to walk down 5 flights of stairs in heels, but it came down to the wire and we had to run to the bottom. We barely made the bus!!!
Magoo dropped us off at a pub that was directly next door to the Moulin Rouge.
We headed back to the pub and took a few photos out the front of the Moulin Rouge. Bu this stage the pub was at full capacity and we could barely move. I tried to have a dance, but it was so hot in there, so we decided to sit outside with some of the group. We didn't end up leaving until 3am, and by the time we made it back to the hotel, it was 4am. Definitely our latest night yet, but it had to be done considering it was our last official night on tour!!
Bree and I pretty much fell on our plastic beds as soon as we got in the door. We looked forward to our 3 whole hours of sleep we were going to get!