Today we woke up to breakfast containing Coco Pops, Corn Flakes, Baguettes and OJ. Nice... We headed back to the hop on hop off tour to do the loop properly and get some good photos. We started at Gare du Nord train station (home of the Eurostar) and went around the yellow loop which we had done yesterday and didnt really contain any major sites. Whilst we were on our loop Laura spotted a red Celica and got a little misty eyed. Once we got to the change point to get onto 'Le Grand Tour' we decided that it would be better if we walked the first part so we could get some photos.
We walked into a church known as The Madeline. The Madeline was built on command from Napoleon and was going to be a place for his guards, then a Train Station, then a library but it was too small for all of these so it became a church.
After a few snapshots there we walked along what I call 'label street'. It contained designers such as Gucci, Chanel, Dolce and Gabanna and Ralph Lauren to name a few and so we had to snap a few pics there. After dragging Laura away from label street (I think there is still nail marks on the footpath), we ended up at l'oblisque. A tall spire in the centre of a round about that was a gift to Paris. It has Ramsys life story written on it in Hyroglyphs.
After some photos we headed through a park towards the Louvre. At the Louvre we saw the 'Mona Lisa' and a sculpture 'the venus de milo'. After leaving the Louvre our legs we a little weary due to the sun coming out during the walk and the fact that we had only eaten half a baguette with our cereal...
We left the Louvre and made our way to Notre Dame. Although they recommended five euros for entry we decided to give our money in the form of a souvenior guide and memorative coin instead. The Notre Dame was quite big and had some impressive stein glass windows inside. It is probably the nicest church we have visited so far just ahead of Westminster Abbey.
From Notre Dame we headed to Musee d'Orsay where Laura made a bee line for the post impressionistic art. We saw works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Monet and many other famous artists. Laura really liked the Musee d'Orsay and said that it was better than the Louvre!!!!
We got on the bus and made our way down the Champs-Elysee for lunch. We found Macdonalds and learnt that they have beer on the menu. After some refreshments we headed to the Arc de Triumphe. We FINALLY found the entry to go under the road to get onto the round about and got some pics. It has 284 steps but we didnt climb it because we climbed the Eiffel Tower the day before and saw what needed to be seen.
From the Arc d'triumphe we walked down one of the 12 streets that come off the round about on the champs-elysee and found a pizza place. SPEEDY RABBIT PIZZA. What the???
Anyways we made our way to the Eiffel Tower to take all the photos that we missed out on the day before whilst we were climbing it. After about 100 photos we dragged our sorry butts onto the bus.
Whilst tired we managed to finish off the loop that we were on and also change to another route which we had no intention of getting off of. We went around the city for another hour and a quarter seeing things that we hadnt already seen.
We made our way back to the hostel. Laura had a salad which contained some duck whilst my chicken burger was no comparison to my all conquering Aussie Burger from the night before. We wrote possible 40000 postcards before settling in for a well earned nights rest.