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Day 86-92

Crepes, Cheese and Churches

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I arrived in Paris, but not really. I was flying a cheap airline that shall remain nameless so when flying to Paris I actually went to Beauvais, 40 miles away. But I got there eventually in the evening and caught the metro to my home for the week up in Montmatre.

Paris is charming although probably better experienced when strolling hand in hand with a lover rather than on your own - after all it is the city of love. Paris had so much to offer so I had to squeeze in as much as possible. I started off at the Louvre and spent 6 wonderful hours exploring every room and every piece of work thanks to a handy audio guide for a few euros. The Mona Lisa and Boticelli's Venus were as expected but it was some artists I hadn't heard off the I liked the most, Arcimboldo my favourite. I then perused the Musee d'Orsay for the rest of the day and was equally impressed. i wandered back to Montmarte and walked pass the Moulin Rouge on the way but the area itself is just a bit too seedy.

The next day I headed off to Disneyland, having already been to the Original and Tokyo. It wasn't as big but I still spent the entire day - from 30 minutes before it opened until it closed in the magic that is Disney. But there was still Paris to explore. The day after I went up to the top of the Eiffel Tower - and suddenly felt afraid of heights which is new for me! I headed up to the Arc de Triumph but wasnt game to try and get across to it. I wandered down the Champs de Elysees and Rue de Bac strolling until it got dark.

The following day I wandered through the Luxembourg Gardens, and admired the Pantheon. I headed across to the il de cite, and pushed through the crowds at Notre Dame which was smaller than I had pictured. I window shopped through Gallery Layfette and Printemps and admired the ugliness of Centre Pompideu.

The following morning I watched the sun rise from Sacre Coure and then spent the day wandering around the outside of Paris. I walked to Stalin Grad, to the Pierre Lachaise Cemetry, onto Place Nation, and Place Bastille, through to Place Republic, through the Jardin Tulleries, up to Place Concorde and finally to Place Clichy before heading back to Montmarte satisfied that I had explored Paris as best as possible.

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Posted by jess_capri 22:17 Archived in France Tagged backpacking

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