Spent the entire day in Paris, it was awesome! I loved today.
In the morning we got dropped at Arc De Triomphe, a huge monument surrounded by a hectic roundabout. Then June and I walked down Champs Elysees, the main shopping street. It was nice, but mostly brand name stores. We walked along the river Seine, past the Louvre, all the way to Notre Dame. We had Nutella crepe there, the whole of Europe seems to have an obsession with Nutella! U can see jars of it in cafe windows. June left to go to a dinner with the Contiki group. I stayed and wandered Paris alone at night.
Went inside Notre Dame catherdral and was totally amazed! It looks as stunning on the inside as it does on the outside. It was very spiritual and beautiful. I climbed to the very top, step by step, and got a vast view of Paris. There were tons of gargoyles up there! It was a weird feeling.
St Chapelle church was nearby, so I visited there too. Omg the security to get in there was the same as at an airport! Long lines and everyones bag got x-rayed WTF! It was a tiny church, made of mostly stained glass windows. It was a bit like being inside a giant kalaidescope. Not sure what the deal with all the security was.
Afterwards I walked and walked, till I got to the Opera Garnier. It's Paris' opera house, where Phantom of the Opera originated. Took some pix then went walked on to the red light district. I saw Moulin Rouge! The place actually exists, too bad tickets were over $100 so I didnt see a show.
I walked uphill and climbed to Sacre Coeur, Sacred Heart Church. Its beautiful but a totally different atmosphere from Notre Dame. This one didnt even allow photos. There were great views of Paris from there. And at 9pm it wasnt even dark yet! Europe is bizzare.
Finally at night I rejoined Contiki and we all went to the Eiffel Tower. What surprised me most was the number of Africans selling souvenirs underneath it. Anyway we took the lift to the very top. It went so fast, it was kinda scary. But very beautiful at the top.
The Contiki bus drove us home, and we all slept in our mini wooden cabins.