If you don’t know, myself and Emily look a short weekend trip to Paris at the beginning of September. I would recommend checking out my posts from Day 1 and Day 2 to get up to speed before continuing.
Day 3 started like any other, a short journey towards the city. This time though we started our sight seeing by stopping by Notre-Dame, we didn’t spend much time there on Day 1, to check it out in more detail. We snapped some pictures in the courtyard outside before joining the fast moving queue to have a look inside. Once inside we remembered that it was a Sunday, the big hint was that there was a service underway, but that didn’t detract from the experience, if anything it made it better!
We spend a good amount of time meandering round the cathedral, being careful not to make too much noise and soaking up the atmosphere. There is lots to look at and learn about inside the cathedral which makes it well worth the wait in line to get in. As we made our way round the back end of the cathedral and down the opposite side we noticed someone preparing some incense in a thurible. We hung around a couple of extra minutes to observe what was going on and toke some pictures. I actually believe this is one of the best photos I took the entire trip!
From Notre-Dame we took a stroll over the river and made our way down to the Louvre. Once there, whilst avoiding dodgy souvenir salesmen, we just admired the pyramid. We knew the pyramid was one thing we had to see whilst in Paris so we made sure to spend some time there and get as many pictures as possible. We took some funny ones, holding the tip of the pyramid, and some more normal ones, I even did a Through My Tens picture (which got feature on the Tens Instagram account) because That’s something I want to do whenever I can now. After spending some time around the outside of the pyramid we made our way down into the shopping centre below. We didn’t actually know there was a shopping centre at the Louvre until we arrived and did some research. We probably spent about an hour in there, grabbed something to eat and wandered in and out of shops before leaving. We decided not to go into the Louvre because we aren’t really art fans and didn’t want to pay the entrance fee just to see the Mona Lisa, maybe next time.
The Flamme de la Liberté was our next stop. We, again, walked down from the Louvre along the river to get there. We saw the Flame from the river cruise we did on Day 2 and made a note to go and check it out. There isn’t much to see here but I got a cool picture of the flame with the Eiffel Tower in the background. There were lots of flowers and pictures left on the flame as a memorial to Princess Diana, as it was the 19th anniversary of her tragic death at the bridge the flame sits above. There was also hundreds of love locks hanging along the chain fence that surrounds the flame.
From the flame we made a second visit to the Arc de Triomphe, but this time we crossed the round to get to the foot of it. When you get up close to the Arc you realised just how big it actually is! The thing is massive! Emily and I opted not to go to the top of the Arc, mainly because there was a big queue and because we just didn’t fancy it, so we just hung around the bottom. The detail and intricacy of the carvings all over the Arc is just incredible, I couldn’t imagine having to do something like that, the men and women who did deserve every bit of praise they got because it is just beautiful. We spent some time at the Arc admiring the carvings and sculptures, taking pictures, and just chilling out after all the walking we had done.
After our second visit to the Arc it was time to get something to eat. Emily, again, found an amazing gluten free restaurant so thats where we headed. On our way we headed down the Champs-Élysées before getting a train back down towards Notre-Dame. We arrived at Loulou’s and had another amazing meal, we both had a club sandwich and a coffee as well as some adult beverages to end another amazing day. We actually headed back to Loulou’s the following day for breakfast before heading off to the airport to catch our flight home. We both recommend Loulou’s to anyone if you’re looking for somewhere reasonably priced with good quality food and drink.
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