Monday, December 22, 2008

22 Dec 08 – Day 11 (Paris)

Took our breakfast in Hotel Pullman Paris Rive Gauche around 8.30am and went out around 9.30am. Today we had the entire day to ourselves and before the trip, I had already planned the itenery. Took metro line 8 (Balard Station) to Concorde then changed to line 4 to Cite where we visited Notre Dame Cathedral and saw the zero point of Paris. Didn’t get to climb the tower in Notre Dame Cathedral and didn’t get to see the emmunael bell as well as the gargoyle though. Walked around St. Louis Island, found La Maison Berthillon but didn’t get to eat coz Kim didn’t want to. We then walked along Boulevard St Gemain des Pres and found Patrick Roger but didn’t buy anything coz the things were very expensive. Missed a turn therefore didn’t get to find Laduree Bonaparte as well.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Center Point of Paris

One of the many stained glasses inside Notre Dame Cathedral

Part of the Interior of Notre Dame Cathedral

Part of the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral

La Maison Berthillon

Turned into Rue des Saints Peres and cross Pont du Carrousel instead of Pont des Arts and along the way, we bought a 30cm long baguette with hotdog, cheese and mayonnaise each as lunch and ate under Pont du Carrousel. Headed to Musee du Louvre where we took some photos at the glass pyramids before walking through Jardin des Tuileries to reach Place de la Concorde. Strolled along Avenue des Champs Elysees through the Winter Market and went into the Disney shop, Adidas shop, etc. Bought some macaroons from Laduree Champs before walking to the L’Arc de Triomph to see the ceremony. Didn’t get to climb the L’Arc de Triomph coz Kim didn’t want to and also it was too foggy to see much even if on top. Saw some dog poos but fortunately we didn't step on any even though we didn't really walk with our heads down all the time. Headed back to the hotel around 7+pm via metro.

A stall along Blvd St Germain des Pres where we bought 30cm long baguette with hotdog, cheese and mayonnaise

Pont des Arts Bridge

Le Musee du Louvre with Glass Pyramid

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

The Tuileries Garden

Pond in The Tuileries Garden

Avenue Champs Elysees

L’Arc de Triomph at night

Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War

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