After our exhausting but glorious second day that we spent in Versailles, we started our third day, Halloween day with another light breakfast.
Our first stop should be the Louvre. We didn’t know if we should go inside because I heard that you might need the whole day there. Plus we didn’t really want to spend another full day inside a building. Nevertheless, we took the metro to the Louvre, and after walking from the station to the famous glass pyramid, we could glance inside the museum a little bit:
There was a long line for sure, but it was nothing compared to the one at Versailles :’D Still, after seeing the immense size of the museum building from outside, we decided not to go inside. We shot some photos in front of the pyramid and then left to go to Notre Dame.
This way, we could see more of another sunny day in Paris. We didn’t regret our decision. The stroll across the Pont des Arts over to Ile de la Cite was wonderful. The weather was warm, the sun was reflecting diamonds on the Seine, and all the people just looked so happy. It felt like the beginning of spring.
On the way there, we walked past a Louis Vuitton building which was not a store though. We didn’t know what it was, so we just walked back to the bridge. Maybe if someone of you knows, you could tell us what it is, because it looked quite serious :’D
Before we arrived at Notre Dame, we saw a typical french cafe and since we were quite hungry, we sat down and had lunch. I ate a quiche and my sister had a croissant. It tasted good, and the prices weren’t as high as you’d expect either.
As soon as we were filled with food and drinks, we continued walking and found ourselves in front of Notre Dame after like 5 minutes. There was another long queue, but it went really fast since it was free for everyone and people usually didn’t stay inside for too long. We snapped some photos while waiting outside:
When we were inside, I was quite impressed by the stained windows and took loads of pictures again:
I didn’t expect us to stay inside that long. It was quite an interestend cathedral. But as we left I was content with the feeling to have seen every single corner of the cathedral. Another Disney setting crossed out of the list :’D
We now walked through the streets, looking at shops and buildings. I bought a key chain and 3 bookmarks. Then, on the way back to the bridge, we walked past a bakery called Huré that sold many tasty-looking pastry, cakes, sandwiches and quiches. There were also many people standing in front. We had a look inside and spent approximately 10-15 minutes, not being able to decide what to take. In the end, I took a croissant-like pastry that was square and filled with chocolate. My sister got a Brioche and a vegetable Quiche. We then headed to the bridge and found a bench to sit on and munch on our snacks. Mine was so delicious! I devoured it instantly <3 The atmosphere was excellent. There was a sweet little boy playing some typical french music on the accordeon. I felt like in a french movie and loved every second of it <3
After our little break (yet another one), we wanted to look for a place to go shopping. My sister wanted to go to this mall (I forgot the name), and on our way there, we found a Stradivarius, a shop that we know from Turkey but unfortunately don’t have in shopping-poor Germany. I saw many things that I liked, but only bought a satin top and a cat-beanie. We found the mall and it was a big confusing to get around. We went to a couple of stores but didn’t find anything. Soon after leaving the mall, we headed to the nearest Laduree shop. We quickly found it and found ourselves in a small shop with quite a long queue. But that was fine for us, because this way we had plenty of time to decide which box to get and which taste of macarons to choose. We took the 8-piece-box and chose pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, lemon, coconut, noisette, and black currant. I liked all of them except for vanilla. That tasted like shampoo :’D
After leaving the shop, we quickly hurried to the next metro station. We wanted to go to the observation tower in Montparnasse and we wanted to watch the sunset from up there. It was not hard to find the tower from the metro station. It is a huge but actually beautiful, shiny building. We passed another La Fayette. I guess it is a smaller and less-touristy one, with maybe lower prices.
There was a queue and a strict security check before going up the elevator. Make sure not to have any suspicious things in your bags. My sister had a pepper spray and had to go out to throw it away. She had to stand in line again and I had to wait for her.
Anyway, we made it to the tower on time and the view was beautiful. There were glasses, hindering people from leaning over, so it was possible to get many beautiful shots at the cityscape.
We stayed there after sunset and when it started getting cold, we decided to leave finally. It was already around 7pm and we were slowly getting hungry. We looked for some restaurants nearby, and found a Libanese restaurant nearby. It wasn’t open yet, but the woman inside just let us inside so we didn’t have to wait in the cold. She told us we could order something to drink as long as they warmed up the stove. She also helped us choose our food, because it was the first time for us trying lebanese cuisine.
We chose a mixed platter of hot and cold meze-like dishes (the meze plates included a variety of pastries filled with cheese, meat and spinach. We had humus, yogurt with garlic, a strong bean dish, taboulet which is the green salad, baba ghanoush, and a kind of wheat salad that we call kisir in turkey).Plus, we chose a seperate hot dish that we shared as well. It was bulgur rice with chicken kebap.
It was amazing, I have to say. It is similar to turkish food, though. The restaurant was a family business and the son came and helped us more with introducing the food. He was really nice and fun and he said he has even been to Stuttgart, the city we are from and he loved it so much there. After our meal, he offered us Baklava on the house because we also told him that we were turkish. The baklava was without the sticky syrup and to be honest, it was more digestive than the original turkish one :’D
Another kind frenchie we met during our trip. It is wonderful to see so many nice people in a city like Paris that is negatively renowned for some of its rude citizens. I just don’t understand why people would say anything like that about such a wonderful city like Paris with so many beautiful people inhabiting it.
After being filled with too much amazing food, we headed back to our hotel. We could barely walk because of our food babies growing in our bellies :’D
We were so tired, we just passed out on our beds.
This was our last full day in Paris. It is sad to say that. We had such a wonderful time there. It was probably one of my most favourite trips, as you might see on the pictures as well. I was seriously thinking about Paris as a city to live in.
I hope you enjoyed travelling criss – cross through Paris with us.
What about you guys? Have you ever been to the Louvre? Would you recommend it? Why?