Today was the second, but last full day, in Paris. We head out for Switzerland tomorrow. There was not much planned for today, so we had most of the day to explore the city.
We started off the day with Baguettes for breakfast. One of the greatest joys in life is fresh-baked bread!
After that, we were dropped off by the Eiffel Tower, but it was really foggy out, so we didn’t go up the tower. It looked like the tower had problems loading this morning. (“Error: download not complete. Please try again later.”)
We explored the area around the Eiffel tower and the gardens around it.
Then, easily the best part of the day, we went on a 3-hour bike tour to see the major buildings and monuments in Paris. It was a lot of fun! The company that ran it was called Fat Tire Bike Tours and our guide, Rick, was amazing! He was so knowledgeable about the buildings and their history and their culture and the culture of the Parisans.
We grabbed lunch on the tour (I had a simple, but delicious, cheese and butter on baguette sandwich), then finished off back at the Eiffel Tower. Once finished, PC and I decided to make for Champs-Elysees and got a little distracted along the way.
We wanted to check the remainder of the Christmas Market before it closed, but we were a day late. They were packing up the stalls and decorations when we got there. So we decided to head for Place de la Concorde. This is a square in central-paris which hosts a large ferris wheel, a fountain, and an egyptian obelisk (which is over 3000 years old, except the French instructions on how to set it up). After getting a few snapshots we decided, instead of going to the Louvre, to go to a smaller art gallery called Le Musée de L’Orangerie. It had a lot of nice art by Monet, Picasso, and many others, and it was much less crowded than the Louvre.
On the way to L’orangerie, we saw a sculpture called Le Baisse, or The Kiss. It was sculpted by soandso, the same sculptor who made The Thinker. The amazing thing about this sculpture is that he didn’t use any models when making it! It was all from his own knowledge and creativity!
The favourite café in Paris is called Angelina’s. PC and I decided to check it out after several recommendations. It is most famous for it’s hot chocolate, which I can confirm is amazing! It’s like just the lava from molten lava chocolate cake. Or it’s like a brownie in liquid form. It is so thick and rich and delicious, if you are ever in Paris, you have to check it out!
On the way there we passed through a park which had trampolines available to the kids to jump on! PC and I were very tempted to go on, but it was 2.50 euros for 5 minutes.
Our tour guide also pointed out a series of large green boxes on the stone wall next to the river. These are available to small vendors to store their merchandise and sell it along the river. Most of them were closed by the time PC and I got there, but we did buy some Parisian art.
We finished our exploring with none other than Notre Dame! It was not as tall as I expected it to be, but I blame that on Disney. It was still an absolutely stunning building. There so much detail in every inch of it! It especially loved the Gothic architecture, it was gorgeous!
Finally, we went with our tour group to a small French restaurant where we had more escargot, salmon, and crème brulée! The crème brulée was very sweet and creamy and it was served cold (which was unexpected). It was delicious!
Right now we are en route to a small village in Switzerland. I’ll post about that tonight.