If you haven’t already read part one of my Parisian adventure, read it here.
Our very last stop of day one in Paris was Notre Dame, and no we didn’t see any hunchbacks there! We got there just in time to go inside. This was another free place! Something to keep in mind when inside Notre Dame, is that it is still a place of worship. Several people were shouting, and some were even running. I found it to be very disrespectful, especially to those who were praying. Use common sense and you’ll be fine.
I couldn’t believe how much detail was put into the building! There were so many different carvings and sculptures, each more intricate than the next. I could have spent an hour just staring at the different aspects of the building.
Notre Dame was our last stop of a very long, but successful day. We were starving by the time we left, so we sat down to eat and give our feet a break. The rain had cleared up so we had a pretty amazing view of the sunset. If you squint, you can see the Eiffel Tower way off in the distance. If you are going to be out after dark, keep in mind that not all subway lines will remain open. This interfered with how we were planning on getting back to our hotel. Thankfully my German friend spoke enough French to ask for directions, although it was a little nerve-wracking being lost and surrounded by people speaking a language you don’t understand.
The next morning, we got an early start to head to Sacré-Coeur. We got to see more sights on the first day than expected, so we were able to take a slower pace this day. We went to Sacré-Coeur and saw the inside of the church. We were not able to take pictures unfortunately. Although, after seeing the inside of Notre Dame, we were more okay with not being able to take photos. After we left the church, we still had two hours before we had to be back at the bus to head back to Germany. We decided to go back to the lookout point by the Eiffel Tower to take a few final pictures. If I could do it all again, I would try to go inside the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. Even though we were pressed for time, we still got to see all of the sights we wanted to. This trip will always remain one of my all-time favorite travel experiences. After all, is there anything better than a weekend in Paris with three of your best friends?
Actually I don’t have to imagine too much what I would do differently, because in a little less than a month Ali and I will be in Paris. I am so excited to revisit my favorite place in the entire world. I can’t wait to see how it compares to my first time here!
Safe travels! 🙂