Je t’adore Paris!!

I loved Paris! It is a beautiful city, easy to walk around in, with lots to do and see. We did tons of walking here and I wore my pedometer to keep track.

We stayed in Paris five days and our accommodation was a bedroom in a small flat close to all the major sites. (Note – we booked our accommodations through airbnb which has many listings by homeowners offering rooms in their residence; some people provide meals, some do not.) It is interesting when traveling in other countries to either rent a room in someone’s home or stay with friends as you get to see how other cultures live. I am surprised at just how small the apartments are here. We are in a one bedroom flat (the owner rents out his living room, which is converted to a bedroom). The entrance to the apartment, the kitchen and the bathroom are incredibly tiny. The shower is so tiny that if you happen to drop the soap, it is a major challenge to maneuver yourself to be able to bend down and pick it up.

For our first full day of site-seeing we went to the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Towerstrolled the Champs Elysees. At the Eiffel Tower, we decided not to take the elevator and instead opted to take the stepsLots of steps up to the first two levels. The first level is 57 meters above the ground, and the second level is 116 meters. It was a total of 669 steps! We could have taken an elevator from the second level to the top had we desired, but decided not; the views were great from the second level and we got our fill of taking pictures. Next up was the Arc de Arc de TriompheTriomphe, which is located at the centre of a hub that has a dozen radiating streets protruding, one of which is the Ave de Champs Elysees.   Once weLunch on Ave de Champs Elysees had our pictures of the arc we were off to stroll the avenue where we stopped for lunch at a sidewalk café and enjoyed watching the people go by.   We then went home for a bit and later took one more walk and checked out Sacre Coeur church located on top of a hill, thereby giving another great view of the city. When you Sacre Coeur Churchlook over the city, you see that Paris is essentially white.  It had been a full day of walking. By the time I went to bed I had walked 27,200 steps!

 

 

White Paris
White Paris

 

The next day we decided to take it easier on the feet and just go to the Louvre Museum, one

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa

of the world’s largest museums and an historic monument in Paris. There was a huge queue to get through security and get inside the museum. We ended up

Venus de Milo
Venus de Milo

waiting a little over 1.5 hours to get in. I have to say that it was worth the line up and the waiting. It was magnificent! It has spectacular architecture as well as amazing artwork. The museum started its life in 1190 as a fortress, then became a castle and finally opened as a museum in 1793. We could have spent a week here, there was just so much to see. We managed to get around to the more famous exhibits including the Mona Lisa,

Greek Statue
Greek Statue

Raft of Medusa, Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. The rest of the time was a long and somewhat tiring walk covering as much of the floor space and exhibits as possible before running out of time and steam.

It was supposed to be an easy day of walking, but after wandering around the art gallery for hours, it was a chore to get home. I had walked 15, 494 steps.

 

One of the galleries
One of the galleries

 

Our third day in Paris, I wanted to rest. My feet were killing me and my calves were sore. We stayed home all morning working on notes and emails and then went out only for a short time in the afternoon to the Musee de l’Erotisme, which was a short distance from our place. It was an interesting exhibit with over seven floors of paintings, sculptures, pictures, and videos of erotic art throughout time and from different world cultures. I walked 4570 steps on this day, and that was more than enough.

The following day, my feet felt much better, so we set out on another site-seeing marathon. Today’s destination is to the Île de la Cité, an island in the Seine River in Paris, which is home to Sainte Chapelle and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Saint Chapelle is hailed as one of the great architectural masterpieces of the Western world, and has been likened to a “gateway to heaven” in the Middle Ages. It was built in 1248 to house sacred relics, including Christ’s Crown of Thorns. I actually found this church lackluster, and noticeable dusty and grimy.

By contrast, I totally loved the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, in particular the towers of Notre Dame 1Notre-Dame. We climbed the spiral stone staircase to the first level of the towers, 46 meters above the ground. Located here is a chimera gallery, which gets its name

Stryga
Stryga

from the statues adorning the corners of the balustrade. These creatures are fantastic birds, hybrid beasts and mythical monsters perching on the towers. The most famous of the chimeras, Stryga, seems to gaze out at the ever-changing capital city. To view these creatures you are walking outside on the ledge of the towers. The views of the chimeras, the top of the cathedral, and the views of Paris were breathtaking.

Notre Dame

From the first level, we climbed further up to the south tower belfry. Here is the largest of

Emmanuel
Emmanuel

the Cathedral’s bells, the 17th century great bell, known as “Emmanuel”.  It weighs more than 13 tons and the clapper is 500 kilos. The bell was impressive, sadly though, there was no Quasimodo.

We ended the evening by taking in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The cinema close by where we are staying plays movies in both French and English, so we were able to see it in English. It was a great way to end the day and it was good to be resting my weary feet at the end as we did 22,700 steps.

 

On our last full day in Paris, we finally tried out the subway and took it to Bois de Boulogne, a large public park. You’ll never guess what we did there? Any idea? We walked!! It was a beautiful park with lots of trails and two small lakes but the only problem was there was no washroom that we could find. We probably would have spent a lot longer there but we headed back after about an hour and a half so the lack of washroom would not be an issue.

The rest of the day was spent working on notes, packing, and a Vietnamese dinner out. Steps for the day was 12,600.

Tomorrow we are off to Lablachère, 655 km south of Paris. It will be a full day of driving and no walking. I think I’m relieved!

Tickets
Entrance Tickets while in Paris

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Je t’adore Paris!!

  1. Wow what an awesome leg of your journey. Paris in the spring. 😍 loved your story and the step count. Adding Paris to my bucket list and airbnb.

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  2. I really enjoyed this post — you had a waaaay better time in Paris than I did! (It was rainy and miserable my entire time there and the Louvre staff were on strike, so we couldn’t go in!) I remember going *down* all the steps of the Eiffel Tower… don’t know if I would’ve ever chosen to go *up* all the steps!

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  3. Hey There Guys! Way to go. I like the idea that you can see as good from the 2nd level as the very top! I am amazed at the amount of walking/steps. I was quite excited last week to have done 10,000+ steps once. My usual run these past few weeks has been in the 5 to 7 thousand range. We’ve had lots of wind, cold and rainy stuff … not all day but off and on … but the winds are a killer!
    Yesterday, we took my neighbour out for her birthday … at least that was the plan … then her husband beat me to the till and paid for our lunch. I was annoyed but there was nothing I could do. I will have to treat her when we are out on our own at some point. We went to a place called Lazy Tuesdays at Seddon’s Corner (on the road to Nutamik Lake) it is about 50 minutes from Wpg. The food was really, really good!
    It sounds like the food in France is way better than England as far as vegetables go … am I right? Glad the gift cards are coming in so handy. My first craft sale is April 23 in Morris and I am looking forward to that and as well we have a banquet tonight to go to. I am eating light all day so that I can control my calories. I am also going to get in some walking as well. Doug is at Steeltown Ford this morning getting an old change … I decided to allow him some alone time too!
    By the way Margaret, if you want some good reading … Try Anne Perry and the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt Mystery series. They are excellent reading without drowning in historical details. There is history but she does not overdo it like in the Outlander Books. The writer that I think is better than the Outlander author is Barbara Erskine. She is the best!
    I forgot, we are babysitting Mitch on the 22nd for the evening … I am looking forward to that too. Looking forward to your next blog entry.
    Anna & Doug

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