Paris, France: Day Two

Crêpes au Sucre

Crêpes au Sucre

That was my delicious breakfast on Saturday (July 20th) morning.  I would describe it as a pancake and buñuelo hybrid, very good.  The restaurant was right across from the Louvre, so it was a convenient stop.

The Louvre is definitely a must do in Paris.  It is a huge museum, so we could not stop to admire every piece.  We actually only went to one section of the museum, and even then I probably only saw one side of the hallways that we walked through.  But, it was still incredible.  Everything from the structure of the building to the floors and ceilings and well the work inside of course are all full of detail and simply should be admired.

At the Louvre

At the Louvre

Very Beautiful Artwork

Very Beautiful Artwork

We spent a good amount of time in the museum, and of course we found the Mona Lisa, which was flocked with people.  Once we left the Louvre we headed towards the Arc de Triomphe.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

After a few pictures, using the metro and doing a bit of walking we made our way to the Eiffel Tower.

Resting By the Eiffel Tower

Resting By the Eiffel Tower

We sat down on the lawn, as you can see, and we took out our map to figure out how to get to the Sacred Heart Basilica.  It was another trip on the metro, but a much lengthier walk uphill.  Paris was about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, much different to the cool weather in Belgium, but not too foreign to these Texans.  It was still a tiresome climb to the point where the church was located, all worth it, though.

View of Paris from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica

View of Paris from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was the highlight of my trip to Paris.  I enjoyed this cathedral more than Notre Dame.  I believe it had something to do with the peacefulness inside the Church, as the people are asked to be silent at all times inside.  Definitely worth a visit if you’re Catholic, and even then the view is amazing, as well, because the church is located at the highest point in Paris.

Relief

Relief on the way down

After viewing the basilica, we found this cable car to get us to the bottom.    The hard part is going up, but we were still quite relieved.

After exploring a lot of Paris, it was time to head back to the hotel for a siesta.  We reenergized for our final adventure.  A little after ten p.m. we got on the metro again to get a final look at the Eiffel Tower.  Luckily, we got there about ten till eleven p.m., and we took our seats.  It was a spectacular show to end our last night in Paris.

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