Hey all! Welcome back to my blog and thank you for stopping by! Today’s post continues on my trip through Paris, with a tour of what we got up to on day two, Friday!
Having been to Paris before, we’d already seen a few famous landmarks, including going up the Eiffel tower, so this time we decided to go up Montparnasse, a skyscraper in the city.
Standing a proud 210 metres into the sky, Montparnasse offers views extending twenty five miles across Paris. You can ascend the tower for 18€ or for an extra 5€, you can go up twice; once in the day time and once in the evening! We decided to go for this option and spread it out over our trip, getting the best experience.
The views were breathtaking across the city; we could spot all the landmarks of Paris including Notre Dame, the Sacre Coeur, the Louvre and more! Standing out proud along the skyline was of course the Eiffel Tower which we got an amazing view of!
We stopped on the next floor down for a morning cafe au lait, before leaving the tower for a long walk through the Jardin du Luxembourg and onwards to the river Seine.
The gardens date back to the sixteen hundreds and the palace in the grounds is now used by the French Senate. In the park, you can hire wooden sail boats for 3€ or lounge in the sun on one of the many seating areas.
On the other side of the park, we pressed on to the river where the beautiful French Gothic Notre Dame cathedral greeted us, the bells chiming for midday. From there, we strolled along the river where I picked up some artwork for the spare room I’m redecorating, before arriving at the Musee D’Orsay.
The Musee d’Orsay is housed in a train station, built in the late eighteen hundreds, had also has beautiful views across Paris, framed by clock face windows at the top of the museum. It houses artwork from Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Renoir, and many more Renaissance artists.
We then decided to go for afternoon tea at Angelina’s, a French tea room, frequented in the 20th century by Coco Chanel herself. The cakes were so delicious and beautiful; they almost looked too good to eat!
Afterwards, we took in more art at the famous Louvre after briefly queuing in the thirty degree heat. One thing we discovered whilst in Paris which was really handy, is that most museums have the offer of free entry to EU residents under 26, so we were able to see some incredible pieces!!!
After freshening up back at the hotel, we headed back out again into the city for dinner at the Hard Rock cafe and a final walk around the city for the evening to see the Opera House where Phantom of the Opera was set, one of our favourite musicals! On the steps outside the Opera house, couples were dancing to french music and it truly was beautiful!