Hey guys, welcome back to the blog or welcome if you are new! Today I am going to be sharing with you the second half of my Paris adventures! If you missed the first part of my travel diaries, you can check it out here. I visited some amazing places which I talked about in that blog post so make sure you don’t miss out! In this second instalment, I am going to focus on what I got up to in the last 2 and a half days of my trip!
Sunday started off with a walk to the Observation Tower which lead us over the River Seine and via the Luxembourg Gardens. We stopped and supported the people running the marathon as we crossed the bridge! I honestly have so much respect and admiration for the people that were able to run the marathon, what an incredible achievement! We continued our walk through the Luxembourg Gardens, which were beautiful and a lovely, much – needed change of scenery from the Parisian architecture.
We then went up the Observation Tower, which I must say was a big achievement for me. First of all, I had to get into a tight lift with lots of people and go up really high. Heights are one of those things that I always fear but in reality I’m not actually scared of them. I’m afraid of the fear around them… so deep… But I was fine! I got another amazing view of Paris and I could see for miles with a 360 degree view! The first platform was 194 metres up and the roof top view was at 204 metres!
After, we visited my favourite monument of the whole trip, which I was rather surprised by; the Louvre. I am honestly obsessed with this building as well as the glass pyramid. Architecture has always interested me and I found the modern glass pyramid against the historical museum to be really cool! I also snapped that iconic Louvre pic, so I was a happy gal.
This was followed by a crepe, so I mean, I wasn’t complaining! I ate way too many pancakes on this trip…whoops! That was it for the Sunday! We actually had a night in too, which was super chilled and a nice break from all the walking! My dad made a tapas starter which was followed by a classic tomato sauce and spaghetti meal! YUM.
Sunday was definitely my favourite day of the whole trip! I loved it.
Monday started in the grounds of the Louvre as we walked from there down the Champs-Elysées, which is the famous shopping street, to the Arc de Triompe. The building was another beautiful one! We walked up the 284 steps to the top viewing platform. As the Arc de Triomphe is located on a roundabout, it was so cool to see the 12 different turnings! I could again see for miles around the city, which was so amazing.
We then walked for miles and miles to see the Opera House, otherwise known as the Place de L’Opéra. The building was beautiful but whether it was worth the long walk or not I don’t know! By the time we sat down for a drink, me feet were in so much pain! Later that evening, we went out for dinner and then just as we were finishing our meals and paying the bill, we caught wind that the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire.
At first, we really didn’t believe it. But, as we walked around backloads to our apartment, the large clouds of smoke made it obvious that something was wrong. From the street, we had a clear view of the cathedral and watched as the spire came down, followed by the roof. It was so so sad to watch, especially as lots of people around us were looking so distraught. We went back to our apartment and watched the updates on the news. It was a tragedy and I am still struggling to understand that it really did happen and that I was in fact there. My thoughts go to anyone who suffered from the loss of this beautiful cathedral.
Tuesday was our last day in the beautiful city of Paris, and we didn’t have much time before our train home. We decided, like almost everyone else in Paris, to go and look at the damage the fire caused to the Notre Dame. The atmosphere was so strange; it was dead quiet like nothing was wrong, yet everyone was staring at the damaged Notre Dame, all thinking about the same thing. As we walked around the cathedral (from a distance as lots of the streets and bridges were blocked off), we saw so many camera crews and news reporters, it was such a crazy experience. One bridge in particular was packed! There were so many people it was so different to anything I had experienced before.
Then, we had to make our way to the station to hop on the Eurostar home.
Overall, I had the most amazing trip and I am so grateful I got to go with my family! Across the 5 days that I was in Paris for, I walked a grand total of 54km, and my claves were definitely feeling it at some points! But, I got some beautiful pictures, had amazing experiences and made some precious memories.
Thank you so much for reading! I have really enjoyed talking about my city break and sharing my experiences with all of you. Although it was a over a week ago now, my thoughts are still with all of those who suffered in any way from the burning of the Notre Dame, and I really hope the beautiful cathedral gets rebuilt as it once was! Make sure you follow me on Instagram: @gracedoesblogs, to help me decide which blog posts I should do next and see even more Paris pics! Please subscribe to my blog to make sure you won’t miss any future uploads either! See you all soon!