Adventures & Vacation in Paris: Part 2

This is a continuation from a previous post about my recent travels to France to visit a friend. After a few days traveling in and around Lyon, France we made our way on a fast train to visit Paris – a first for me!

Welcome to Paris, also known as the city of love! The view from the Arc de Triomphe.
Welcome to Paris, also known as the city of love! This view is from the Arc de Triomphe.

We made our first visit to the Palace of Versailles…

Just some of the many photos I had taken at the Palace of Versailles.
Just some of the many photos I had taken at the Palace of Versailles. You could spend a whole day just in the gardens!

For dinner we made our way to Montmartre and we enjoyed this view that also was entertaining (guy climbs light pole with soccer ball tricks?!) while dining on the steps in front of the Sacre Coeur church.

Beautiful view and entertaining entertainment in front of Sacre Coeur church.
Beautiful view and entertainment (he’s apparently famous on YouTube)  in front of Sacre Coeur church.

We made our way over the next couple of days to see various historic sites, views, and I enjoyed new flavors from France. It was amazing!

I didn't take the time to wait in line to visit the Louvre but did enjoy the courtyard area and the architecture.
I didn’t take the time to wait in line to visit the Louvre but did enjoy the courtyard area and the architecture.

I have to admit that when I saw on the map near the Louvre that there was a carousel and when I saw a sign for it leading underground I happily followed the signs (also hoping there would be a bathroom nearby as well). However, I was disappointed when I discovered it was just a really expensive shopping center BUT I was glad to see signs directing me to what I thought were “public” restrooms. Little did I know, I stumbled upon apparently what they touted “the cleanest bathrooms of Paris” and I paid the price for it too. I do agree they were quite clean, especially since there were two women cleaning each stall after a person used it. So, although I didn’t find a lovely carousel, I did find some very clean and colorful bathrooms and that was entertaining enough.

Notre Dame from a different angle.
The Notre Dame church from a different angle. The line to climb to the top was 2 hours long, I opted out of standing in that line we and carried on.
We made a visit to the Arc de Triomphe and climbed to the top using the spiral staircase.
We made a visit to the Arc de Triomphe and climbed to the top using the spiral staircase.
Some of the amazing views from the Arc de Triomphe.
Some of the amazing views from the Arc de Triomphe. It ended up being a wonderfully clear day that day which just made the view from the Arc so much better – hooray for blue skies!

More photos to come from my visit to Paris – Check out Part 3: Adventures & Life in Paris!

Note: the featured image at the top of this post is from one of the many, stunningly beautiful stained glassed windows at Sainte-Chapelle.

Advertisements

4 comments

  1. Your pictures are so beautiful, so glad you are getting to visit some other places. Love seeing your post and everything you are doing. You are such an inspiration Sara!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s