We woke up this AM and got ready/headed out to go on our Fat Tire Bike tour. The tour met at the Eiffel tower at 11 AM, so we got there a bit early. We then followed the tour guide to the shop, got our bikes/regrouped. We were in a group of about 20 people, and went on an awesome tour of the city. All of our bikes were named: mine was Lady Gaga and Kris' was Betty Boop! Our tour guide was an awesome guy named Craig from New Zealand and he's actually the only non-American fat tire tour guide. We pretty much rode around all of Paris by bike and made stops all along the way filled with fun facts about the sights! We got to see the E'toile Militarre where Napoleon went to military school, the Eiffel Tower again, a big church that Louis XIV had built andwhere Napoleon wasburied, the military museum which used to be/ still is a veteran's hospital, the main round-a-bout (place harmony?), the Tullieries Jardins where we stopped at a café to get some lunch (we got very yummy crepes), then our last stop was at the Louvre. After all that we took a relatively speedy bike ride back to the office where we picked up some info about Paris including some recommended restaurants.
Since the bike tour was a total of 4 hours and it was starting to get pretty hot out, we decided to head back to the hostel and regroup. We just chilled at the hostel for a little bit then decided to get ready and head over to Montmartre which is in the 18th district. We went to seeSacred Coeur church which was absolutely beautiful. The church is basically on a hill so after you climb up the million steps (also a common theme in Paris) you can see the entire city. Since it was a Friday afternoon/early evening, there were a bunch of people just hanging out on the steps and there were musicians playing, ect. There were also people selling soda, water bottles and beer in buckets! We thought it was very funny/strange to be selling and drinking beer outside of a really old church but I guess they don't even think twice about that kind of stuff. There was a service going on inside the church but it was still open to the public and we walked around the inside but didn't go up in the tower (throughout our time in Paris we went up more towers/steps then we could have imagined). I was continuously amazed at the artwork and architecture in all the museums and churches all throughout Europe.
Once we walked around the church we decided to get some dinner at this Fondue restaurant that was recommended to us by the Fat Tire Bike Tour. Their description basically summed up our experience,stepping over tables and drinking wine out of baby bottles! Not exactly what I though we would be doing in France but it was really fun:)
More to be completed later...