Bonjour! I am just getting back to my hotel after a whirlwind day in Paris. I took a 6 1/2 hour train ride yesterday from Barcelona to Paris. I am on the North side of Paris in an artsy neighborhood called Montmarte. Montmarte surrounds the famous Sacre Couer Basilica. The Basilica sits on top of a hill and overlooks the city. I arrived around 9:30 PM with just enough time to watch a beautiful sunset. I saw the artists packing up their booths and knew I wanted to return during the day to see their work.
I only have 2 days in Paris so I had every detail planned. This morning I woke up early and went to Arc de Triomfe and walked around Champs Elysses. I then returned back to my hotel to visit the artists at Montmarte. Next I took the metro to the Eiffel Tower where I first went on a boat tour up and down the Seine river. We crossed under 22 bridges and it was a great chance for me to see some of the buildings I will not have a chance to visit. After the boat tour I had 2 hours till my Eiffel Tower visit so I took a walking tour of some of the historical sites in the area. My favorite was the hotel invalides.
It was a military hospital and Napoleon is buried there. Next, I took a tour of the Eiffel Tower. The view from the top was incredible. I could see the park below the tower, the Champs de Mars, all set up for the Euro Cup soccer championships. Paris is hosting the Euro cup and the entire city, including the Eiffel Tower, is decorated with soccer balls! After the Eiffel Tower, I took the metro to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The stained glass on the inside is inredible. The circular patterns reminded me of a kaleidoscope. From there I headed back to my hotel and picked out a French restaurant for dinner. I enjoyed my meal but the dessert was by far my favorite. I had tiramisu and might go back tomorrow for more.