After visiting Versailles for the day we went back to our hotel and rested up for some night walking. We went to Sacre Coeur and it was pretty all illuminated but also seemed to be a hot spot for drunkards to hang about. If you have ever been you know that the church is up on a hill. They were building a huge ramp for skate boarders to do tricks on, it looked like madness.
Ramp in front of Sacre Coeur
After visiting the church I wanted to see the Moulin Rouge building as it was supposed to be just down the street. We walked there, passing many sex shops, fun times. If you want to know more of the actual history then check it out here. If you are willing to spend 150 euros you can see a show, have dinner, and wine. Also fyi, the windmill on the building is not the original one.
Our final day there centred on museums as they are free on the first Sunday of every month. Outside the Louvre there was an art exhibition which had nature photos in a cool set up.
After the Louvre we ventured to Centre Pompidou which is a modern art museum. We had actually come across it the other day but waited to go inside for free Sunday of course. The outside of the building and the fountain were the main parts that I was interested in most but at the top of the building you get some great views of the city.
Igor Stravinsky fountain
This is on a building in the same square as the fountain above
We came, we saw, we conquered and had an amazing time. Recommendations: use the batobus. It’s a great way to relax and see the sights. Also it is hop on and off as many times as you like so you can incorporate it into getting to another side of the city. Another tip, if you are trying to keep costs down (well this is for any travel destination really) find your closet grocery store. Like I said before the French know their food. Simple lunch meals of bread, cheese, and salad were delicious. Doing this then enables you to spend a bit more at a nice restaurant in the evening.
Before going I was debating whether to go to Versailles or not on a 4 day trip but I say it was worth it. If you are staying shorter I think skip it unless you really want to go. It’s nice but a massive estate so go early and book ahead if you can. There is the option of renting a little golf cart type thing, I was tempted and passed but I would do it if I go again.
Paris was a great short break from the city. I really liked it but I found myself comparing everything to London. The more Euro travel I do the more I appreciate London. I still contend that the underground is one of the best metro systems in the world (yes even with all the delays and weekend closures). Also the different pockets and areas of London have something to offer. Every where we went in Paris felt relatively the same and it doesn’t help that most buildings are a cream/slate grey tone so it all blends in together. Anyways, if you go enjoy and share tips!
Finally here are a few more pictures of things discovered walking around the city.
Syrup (for juice I guess?)
This was right outside our hotel, ok in the photo the area looks a little dirty but it wasn’t. The area and our hotel were great