Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Paris - Part 2

We had a great time the first few days and continued our sightseeing throughout the rest of the week! 

Tuesday we took a trip outside the city to Versailles, the King and Queen's Palace before the Revolution. On our way to the train we saw the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower. 

I personally loved Versailles, but for most its a take it or leave it when visiting Paris. It is very crowded and difficult to maneuver, but the free audio sets provide some great historical information and everything is so over the top, as Marie Antoinette said "Let them eat cake." 

Marie Antoinette's Bedroom, she barely escaped through the secret back door during the riots.  

Tuesday was an absolutely gorgeous day (we even got slightly sunburnt). After Versailles we had a lunch of ham and cheese crepes at an outdoor cafe before relaxing in the park by the Eiffel Tower. 

Wednesday, we got our art on. Unfortunately, neither museum allowed photography but they are worth a quick visit (plus they are right across the river from each other). We stopped by Museum D'Orsay which houses impressionist and post-impressionist art including Van Gough, Renoir and Monet. 

Museum de l'Orangerie is the smallest of the museums we saw in Paris, but it has one big seller, Monet's water lilies  They.were.amazing. They take up two rooms with 4 walls each completely covered, absolutely gorgeous. 

We walked around the neighborhood and found the lock bridge and Tulieres Garden, which will be gorgeous come spring. 

That night, we headed up the Eiffel Tower, where it was ridiculously cold. 

But the best part was the view of the sparkling Eiffel Tower (that we gasped at while stuffing our faces with strawberry and nutella crepes). **Must see, happens every night for 5 minutes on every 'night-time' hour.

Thursday we headed out of Paris and into Belgium. We made a day trip to Brussels by train (only really requires a day) and ate our way through the capital of the European Union. I am talking a diet of waffles, frites and beer. 


Friday we had a relaxing last day in Paris and explored the Montamarte and Latin Quarter areas. We saw our last "popular" Parisian sights, Sacre Coure and Moulin Rouge. 

Overall, it was a great trip to Paris. Yes, we had some snafou's along the way (mostly dealing with our directionally challenged-selves and lack of French), but it was a great opportunity to explore and see the world as a young adult.

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