French Fridays – Paris on foot

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DAY 2 – Monday

Getting a Museum card

My husband left early for work, so that was my first day alone on the metro. Finding the station without any problem I took my seat and watched the other people. Most of them sat with a blank face, but there was a young couple talking excitedly.

My first stop was at the Arc de Triomphe for a museum card. Still a bit afraid of the metro I walked where I wanted to go.
Paris France Paris France Paris France Paris France, Invalides

On my way to Musèe d’Orsay it started to rain and just as I arrived I saw that it was closed.

Resting at the Jardin de Tuileries

I walked back to the Jardin de Tuileris and let my feet rest a bit. I was so stiff from the previous day’s walk and my feet were tired.Paris France Beautiful gardens in Paris France Paris France

Exploring the Louvre

Then I went to the Louvre. I couldn’t find a map of the Louvre and just walked where I wanted to, trying to follow the French instructions on the walls.Louvre in Paris France

Louvre museum in Paris France

Louvre in Paris France

I saw the Mona Lisa but was not allowed to take photos. They had some fridge magnets of the painting, but when I went back to buy one I couldn’t find it again (again my sense of direction… or lack thereof).

Grocery shoppingExploring Paris on foot. Day 2 of French Fridays

After relaxing in the gardens (by that moment I was over my initial shock and disappointment of the day before), I went to a Supermaket close to the hotel. There were tills where you scan your own products and put your money into a machine. I didn’t understand everything (as I didn’t see the English-version and tried it in French). Again I needed someone to rescue me from a communication-barrier and luckily the man behind me saw my struggle and helped me.

After my husband finished work we went back to Paris. We went to the Eiffel tower, ate a crepe with nutella melted inside. I can still taste that chocolate filled “pancake”!Eiffel tower in Paris France

Boat trip on the Seine

Then we went on a boat from the Eiffel tower, east to the islands and back. The boat-tour was very informative and beautiful. We were told if you spend one minute at every painting in the Louvre you will be there for four months! I can believe that and can’t wait to go back there… maybe this time with a map.

We arrived back at the Eiffel Tower when the lights went on. What a magical moment!Eiffel tower at night in Paris France

Did you experience the Eiffel Tower at night? What other magical moments did you have in Paris?

Please join me again next week for day 3, my first day at the museums.

 

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