We arrived Monday evening at our hotel which was situated in the heart of Paris next to the Tuilerie Gardens. There was a fun fair there also and a Big Wheel similar to the London Eye. After unpacking we headed down to the Tuilerie Gardens and went on the Big Wheel to see Paris at night; breathtaking!
Took a stroll around the funfair and enjoyed a french hotdog; a huge hotdog in a french stick with cheese, and some Churos, which I had discovered in Florida and had a bit of a thing for. For UK readers, these are a donut stick with sugar, in Florida they had cinamon on them, absolutley gorgeous!!
It was then back to our hotel for the night.
Tuesday morning we woke to overcast skies, but thankfully still warm. Today we planned to visit Notre Dame and the Pantheon.
First stop was breakfast; and we ended up at McCafe, yes that is a MacDonalds cafe, but, and I mean a big BUT, it was so un McDonalds. There was so many gorgeous tartes, mini macaroons and pastries to make your mouth water, and a coffee looked like a work of art, LOL.
After breakfast it was a walk to Notre Dame along the banks of the River Siene.
As we made our way across the bridge we saw an ambundance of padlocks with names engraved on them. The padlocks are put on the bridge as a sign of a couple love to each other, we loved this idea. Peter and I had decided that we would add a padlock to the bridge, unfortunately we were unable to find anywhere that sold padlocks! can you believe that. At least it is an excuse to return, *wink wink*.
After a morning spent at Notre Dame it was time for lunch. We found a lovely little French restaurent away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas, and enjoyed a lovely lunch of steak, chips, salad and a glass of red wine. Unfortunatley, after half a glass of red wine washed down with painkillers for my back, i was a little spaced out and knocked half a glass of red wine over.
|THE wine glass|
I have never seen a so little wine travel so far! It splashed the couple next to us all over the young womans cream jacket!!! OMGG I was totally devestated and her grandmother was not impressed. The waiter seeing my distress came over to let me know it happens all the time!
We made a hasty exit and headed to The Pantheon. The sight that this building offers is quite fantastic. You can see literally almost all of Paris. The inside architecture is visually amazing: it has the Gothic decorations combined with the mainly classical style of the building, creating such an admirable neoclassical monument. The Pantheon is a must-see when you visit Paris, both because of the imposing architecture it has and in respect to the people that made the world a better place. I was totally blown away by the interior.
The Pantheon was originally built as a church for St Genevieve, the Saint of Paris and the main building is dedicated to her life with huge paintings and statues. Downstairs the crypt is used as a burial for famous people. Amongst those buried here is Marie Curie, Victor Hugo and Emile Zola.