Weekend in Paris. P2
(Remember to read part 1)
At night, after partying, I arrive at the hotel and a friend from Australia I met while studying French for those 2 months, sent me a message to have breakfast at 9am the following morning. I didn’t know how we were going to make it.
Woke up and by 9:30 or so we were having breakfast at a great place, The Lockwood. Yes, a bit late :). I tried their delicious pancakes and a cappuccino. Really good place, everything was delicious!
From there, we went to a sight I’ve never been before, and I don’t know why, Sacre Cœur. Even when I stayed in Paris for 2 months, or the other times I visited the City of Lights, I never visited it before.
Although, first, with my friend, we stopped by Moulin Rouge so she could see it. For me, it’s not big deal.
Sacre Cœur… loved it! Of course, a long walk to reach it from the metro station, passing by lots of vendors, stores and people watching some guys playing that thing where they hide something on a cup and you have to find it… I think the name of it is: “waste-your-time-on-something-dumb-instead-of-looking-at-something-interesting” 🙂 there were lots of people doing that in the middle of the road…Oh well. I just continued my way to see the amazing Sacre Cœur.
After climbing lots of steps, I turned around to see Paris. I might say it’s a gorgeous view, and I’ve seen photos that tells me it’s a gorgeous view. But the pollution was blocking the scene :(. I still could see lot of well known buildings as Notre Dame or Montparnasse tower. It’s not completely dark, you can see the city but with that weird, greyish air.
Once inside the Sacre Cœur, it was in the middle of a Mass, super crowded, but it was a gorgeous building. Outside it was even better for me, there was a musician playing classic music, nice weather, lof of people just sitting by the stairs relaxing for a while… and of course, lots of vendors, specially selling those selfie sticks… I have one, but I really hate them haha
From there, we took a bus to visit: Arc de Triomphe. Arch of Triumph was our point to start our stroll by Champs-Élysées. It’s always crazy to walk around those touristic areas, but this weekend was crazy. Super crowded every where. (2 weekends before the terrorist attacks 🙁 )
We arrived at Place de la Concorde, we were going to visit different spots. The 1st one Ladurée of course, I love it! And then, my friend wanted to visit Buddha-Bar, which for me was to expensive for my taste. But again, Ladurée it’s a bit expensive too and love it, but for almost the same price, I enjoyed so much (and various days) my macaroons (a box of 8).
I had the same drink a day before for half the price, same taste. But well, I think, sometimes, you just need to spoiled yourself.
More walking around. We were super tired, went partying the night before, woke up super early, walked a lot… we went to have another crêpe for dinner before going back to the hotel to sleep.
The following morning, we left our bags at the hotel so we could enjoy few last things before going back to Madrid. We visited a bakery steps away from the hotel and from the Jardin du Luxembourg. The name is Columbus Cafe, located on Rue Soufflot, we didn’t know what to eat, saw those muffins by the window and had to try them. We bought 2 muffins (huge muffins) and coffee to have breakfast at the park, and they were so delicious! I’m regretting of not buying another flavor to taste.
One of the things I told my friend we need to do, I used to do it every other time during those 2 months, have a quick meal at a park, and my favorite is Luxembourg. So it was a perfect day to end our trip to Paris. Delicious muffins at Jardin du Luxembourg, talking and enjoying a nice weather.
Well… almost ending our trip, because from there we walked to Notre Dame. There’s always a long line outside, but it goes really fast to get inside the Cathedral. If you want to go up, another line that I don’t know about.
We still had about an hour before going back to the hotel to pick up our things to go to the airport, so we headed to Centre Pompidou. Love that area. We just sat to have a coffee in front of the unusual building.
Hope to visit this amazing city soon! I just love it!