I don’t usually have many photos of myself on this blog, mostly because I’m not really photogenic… When someone wants to take my picture I just kinda stare at the camera with a “what am I supposed to do now look…” But for this trip I’ll share a few photos of myself… just know it’s a stretch for me..
After a pleasant but long plane ride we got to Paris at 8:30 AM, Paris time… We got right to our hotel and dropped off our luggage. Since the room wasn’t ready yet, I didn’t get a chance to freshen up (I DID brush my teeth!)… But by the end of the day I had on very little makeup & was feeling a bit gross…
With only 3 days in Paris, we knew we had no time to spare! Wanting to get a feel of the layout of the city we decided to do the “hop on hop off” bus tour…. Yes, I know it’s touristy and cheesy, but I don’t like riding the subway all the time because you don’t get to SEE where you are going! We had decided on the first day to see many of the sites, then hit the museums the next couple of days.
I would TOTALLY recommend the bus tour for anyone! It also included a boat ride but it was FREEZING cold and the thought of getting on a boat was too chilly! There were 4 tour bus routes and we only got to complete 1 because of time. In one day, because of the bus, we were able to see Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, Champs Elysees, Ponte Neuf and many of other sites. We were able to get off the bus and explore a bit, then walk and catch the bus at the next stop. I wish we would have done this in Rome 2 years ago.
Our first stop was Notre Dame. We got out and after being asked about a million times if we spoke English (by people looking to take advantage of tourists) we went inside. They were getting ready to have Mass so we were not able to get very close to the Michelangeo altar piece, but were able to explore the interior.
After Notre Dame we realized we were both very cold and very hungry. We spotted a cafe across the river and walked over. We had a great little lunch at Cafe Panis. (not my photos, found on flickr)… We got Croque Monsieur & a Croque Madame. My favorite part was the Hot Chocolate. They serve the chocolate and the milk separately with a side of sugar. You pour the milk in and mix it to your liking… It was DELICIOUS! We definitely do not appreciate Hot Chocolate like we should here in the states…
Warmer and with fully bellies we walked back across the river and found Sainte Chapelle. We had to hunt a bit it was kinda hard to find. (the entrance is in an odd spot). We had bought Museum Passes ahead of time, so we were able to skip the line and go right in.
I think this was one of the highlights of the trip for me. It was spectacular!! We were so lucky to go there on a sunny day because the stained glass windows were just sparkling. We had the Rick Steves audio guides on our iPhones (another thing I HIGHLY recommend) and were able to listen to some commentary and history about the church.
up tomorrow:… “The anti pickpockets at Versailles”