London-Paris Day 5 – Tuesday

IMG_6253After a rather late start, we travelled to the Gard du l’Est and journeyed on the metro to Citè station. After a short walk we reached Notre Dame. The looming structure was magnificent and was carved completely by hand, intricately designed and produced to have an amazing effect. The rose window was beautiful, vibrant and worth the 700 years to took to complete the Notre Dame. In the surrounding vicinity there were many quaint and traditional cafés and bistros selling delicious macarons and crêpes. The streets were lined with small souvenir shops, packed to the brim with everything a tourist would want to remember their trip to Paris, including the Eiffel Tower printed onto some very fetching boxer shorts.

After a stop and run lunch (which we all desperately needed by this point!), we trekked along to the Musèe D’Orsay. After what felt like hours queuing we finally were able to enter the wonderful building that previously had been a train station. After we went through security and stood for ten minutes to work out if we needed tickets to get in, we finally reach the entrance to the galleries. Paintings lined every wall and the sight was spectacular. The gallery was split into different sections. On the impressionist floor, which I might add was 5 flights of stairs up (as we never noticed the escalator!) there were works by Monet, Degas and Manet. The art work was unbelievable and you could easily spend hours in there. Unfortunately we only had a few hours, so before we knew it we were again embarking on the life threatening challenge of navigating the metro.

After a short journey we finally reached one of the most famous landmarks in France: the Eiffel Tower. The tower just looms over in a magnificent but imposing way. The impressive structure was amazing, I am extremely glad we managed to fit it in. We were not able to climb the Eiffel Tower at that point as it would have taken hours to queue and none of us were willing to missing our dinner. We agreed to return later when we would be able to climb up the Eiffel tower while it was dark.

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After a quick run to the restaurant Chartier, we were finally able to rest properly for the first time all day. We were served an amazing salad to start followed on quickly by chicken on the bone served with chips. For most we were able to have our first taste of snails. Many people didn’t try them but most people who did found they were surprisingly nice.

After, we journey back to the Eiffel Tower. One short queue later we were ascending the tower. For only €8 we were able to take the escalator up to the second floor. The sight was breathtaking. The lights from below looked so insignificant from up there and the buildings that looked grand and important from the ground looked tiny and were barely recognisable. While we were on the Eiffel Tower it began to sparkle. It was amazing. The flickering lights were beautiful to watch and completely breath taking. We all could have stayed there for hours more. Unfortunately we were not able to but watching the lights sparkling against the night sky was brilliant.

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After our long day of walking we were all completely knackered so when we reached the hotel at 2am we all fell asleep very quickly!

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