Paris Day 5:We hold bunnies and attempt to see men in speedos

After we left Pere Lachaise (read about that adventure here), we headed to the Paris Catacombs.

I was really looking forward to going into the Catacombs. If you haven’t noticed yet, I kind of enjoy the macabre, and from pictures I had seen of the Catacombs, they were gonna be super creepy!

Sadly, when we finally got to the Catacombs, the line was insanely long. We asked at the front of the line and the attendant told us it would be about a two hour wait to get inside! We decided we couldn’t wait that long (Oh, darn! Now I have to go back. How sad!).

We ended up finding a quirky little restaurant, called Brasserie Lakanal, near the Catacombs and sat down for a quick lunch. The atmosphere in this place was soooo cool! And this was easily one of the best meals I had in Paris. I had this delicious pasta with salmon!

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Sorry it’s sideways! But it was really good regardless!

After the disappointment of the Catacombs, but the pick-me-up of lunch, we headed back to the Eiffel Tower to climb it in the daylight this time!

On our way there, we got waylaid by some guy with bunnies! So, naturally, we all held the bunnies! They were the cutest, fluffiest little bunnies ever (until one peed on me! I was less excited about the bunnies after that!)!

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After we were done being distracted by cute bunnies, we got our tickets to go to the summit of the Eiffel Tower!

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As cool as seeing Paris lit up at night was, I honestly think it was better to see it during the day! You could see so much farther, and could tell what you were looking at in the daylight.

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See what I mean about the view being breathtaking! I wish the day had been a little clearer because we could have seen that much farther, but still, it’s hard to complain about that view!

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At the top of the Eiffel tower is a secret apartment that used to be used by Gustave Eiffel. In the apartment now are animatronic dolls of Eiffel and a friend.

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I decided to get a picture of the Champagne bar this time (since I didn’t the last time I was up on top of the Eiffel Tower) but we didn’t drink any champagne this time.

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The Arc de Triomphe

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The other Statue of Liberty!

Since we had gotten a little chilly at this point, we decided to step inside and see what there was to see in the Eiffel Tower itself.

In the main viewing room, they had signs around the top of the room comparing the height of the Eiffel Tower to other places around the world and their tallest buildings.

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I got the picture of Dublin because I was studying in Ireland!

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And I got the one of New York since I’m originally from Buffalo, NY.

As we explored the inside, we found so many cute little shops! I expected to see a gift shop inside (which there was) but there were also jewelry shops, clothing shops, and basically a whole food court!

We saw that they had a little shop that sold macaroons, so naturally we stopped for a few!

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These were probably the best macaroons I have ever had! They were a bit expensive (but they were also at the top of the Eiffel Tower so I can’t really complain), but totally worth it! I decided to be brave and try a jasmine flavored one!

 

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Yes, the macaroon is sparkly!

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And it was freaking delicious!

So, we came down from the tower, and decided to take a boat tower on the Pont Nuef. WE had gotten free passes for the boat tower, so we figured we might as well us them.

But first…

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we stopped for some ice cream! It was our last day in Paris and we were gonna eat all the junk food we wanted to!

So, now, as many of you know, I have a very irrational fear of boats! I don’t like begin on them! I can swim, so this really is a completely irrational fear!

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I wasn’t happy!

So, I started off in the boat. And that was fine… until we started moving. So, we all moved to the top deck of the boat. The only problem with being on the top deck was that you couldn’t hear the explanation of what everything was, so I didn’t learn much on this boat tour but I did get some nice pictures (and didn’t drowned!)!

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We went back past the Musee D’Orsay!

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We also went back past Notre Dame!

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It was really nice being able to see Notre Dame from this angle. We hadn’t seen this part of the outside, which I think is rather iconic with the buttresses and all, so it was nice to finally see it!

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We recreated the iconic “I’m flying” scene from Titanic. I think ours is better!

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Once we were all safely back on dry land, we headed off to Sacre Coeur. We, naturally, got very lost trying to find our way there. It was very late, and getting dark when we finally found our way there.

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We stopped for one last crepe on our way.

Now, since Sacre Coeur, is at the top of that huge ass hill, we were a little apprehensive about getting all the way up there with no one (me) hurting themselves by falling off the steep staircase.

Luckily, they have a lift system there (for those that would fall off the stairs) that works with your regular Metro pass, so we did that instead!

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Since Sacre Coeur is up on the top of that huge ass hill the views from the top are incredible!

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When we finally went inside, they were in the middle of a church service. We sat down quietly in the back and listened for a while. It was sooo cool hearing a mass done in French (not that we understood) but it was something very cool to be a part of!

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The inside of Sacre Coeur was lovely! And, yes, I know I say that about every church I go to, but this one was unique! It had a large painted dome that was stunning to look at!

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When we were done at Sacre Coeur, we headed back to the hotel to get dolled up and explore what night life Paris had to offer. Kelsey said she was tired and decided to stay behind, but Sara and I got done up and headed out for a good night!

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So, we had heard about this bar called the Latin Quarter, where the waiters waited on you in little speedos! This was were we decided to start our night! Unfortunately, that bar had closed down and been replaced by a piano bar called Le Relais de la Huchette .

We decided to stop in anyway, and actually ended up having a really good time! The singer they had performing that night was phenomenal!

Funny story about this bar! I’m from Tonawanda, NY, and when we went to the bathroom, another woman came in to try and get wine off her shirt. She attempted to speak to us in French before we told her we were American. She asked the traditional questions, why were in Paris, how we liked studying in Ireland, the usual. Eventually, she asked where we were from. I told her Erie, PA, but I was from Tonawanda, NY originally. She freaked out, saying she was from Buffalo, right near Tonawanda.

It was one of the those weird coincidental moments where several not so sober people meet up in a bathroom! So, she leaves and Sara and I finish our business. As we were leaving the bathroom, she waves us over to her table and introduces us to the people with her. When she says I’m from Tonawanda, NY all the people at her table really loudly yell how crazy that is (they were really drunk!)!

It was a weird moment. I mean, what are the odds I’d run into someone who knows Tonawanda in some random bar bathroom in Paris!

Anyway, we wrapped up at the piano bar and headed off to a few more that I’ve forgotten the names of.

We eventually get home. We wake up super early the next morning to make it to this cute little pastry shop up the road from the Avalon before we have to leave.

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One last eclair!

We head back to the room and finish packing. We walked back to the Gare du Nord, hopped on a train, then a plane, and then were back in Ireland!

I had such a phenomenal time in Paris! I really cannot wait until I have the opportunity to go back again!

 

 

 

 

 

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