18 April 2014

Travels | AL in Paris - Part 2

Les Invalides

Today I have the final part of my Paris trip.  Hope you enjoy reading!

Day 2

We went out for breakfast and I ate macarons and pastries to my heart’s content!  Then we headed to Les Invalides.  It was a really gloomy day and after we came out of Les Invalides, the sky basically broke and it poured it down with rain!  We ran across the Pont Alexandre III and ran inside the Grand Palais to get away from the rain! We were stuck there for about an hour! The rain just did not let up.

From there we walked to the Louvre museum through the Tuileris Garden.  It was absolutely huge, but so beautiful!  The weather had significantly improved by now and we queued up for the Louvre, it was long – but was moving quickly.  To be honest, our main aim was to see the Mona Lisa, and the museum was jam packed inside.  Especially the room with the Mona Lisa was bursting at the seams with people!  We had to push our way to the front to get a glimpse, from across a red rope.

Fun fact: the Mona Lisa on display is not the ‘real’ Mona Lisa painting.  It is a very, very good replica, possibly painted around Da Vinci’s time.  The ‘real Da Vinci’ painted Mona Lisa is securely stored at the Louvre’s underground secure storage!  I wasn’t aware of this, and was somewhat disappointed, but hey, I’m no art specialist, I didn’t know the difference!

Also, if you’re under 26 and an EU citizen, you get free entry to the Louvre!  I was delighted about that!

We then manoeuvred our way out of the maze that is the Louvre and decided to head to the Arc de Triomphe.  We were completely exhausted by this time; we had walked faaar too much!  After taking photos at the Arc de Triomphe, I went searching for Cattier masks, as I couldn’t find them in CItypharma the day before. Never too exhausted for beauty products! 

Then, we headed back to the hotel to have some well-deserved rest!


Pont Alexandre III
Louvre Museum, Paris
Louvre Museum, Paris
Ceiling inside a hall in the Louvre Museum, Paris
 
Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Day 3

We technically didn't have the full day, so packed our bags and headed to the station to store our bags there.  There was the longest queue there!  Anyway, afterwards we went and had breakfast at a cafe near Notre Dame Cathedral.  We didn’t go inside because the queue was far too long!  If there is one thing I hate in life, it’s queuing!  Anyway, we bought some souvenirs and bought tickets for a cruise on the Seine River.  This is a must do if you’re in Paris, it’s just such a lovely way to see Paris!  It’s definitely the highlight.  We started near the cathedral and went up to the Eiffel Tower and turned around and got dropped back at the cathedral.  After that we headed back to the station to get back to London.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Seine River Cruise, Paris

Pont de Alexandre III, Paris

It was a really short trip, but I felt like we had a chance to see all the major sights.  However I would like to go back again to spend a lot more time in the Louvre museum and just spend a bit more time discovering things around Paris!

What is your favourite thing about Paris?  Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @beautybyeff!



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