Paris, day 2

Woke up in Paris, flung our balcony doors open and giggled at the sight of it. Again. Today was another casual exploring day, jumping on the Metro to Montmartre, where Amelie was set. Making our way past the scary people chasing you down to sell bracelets and the now common smell of urine, we climbed the steps to the Sacre Coeur overlooking Paris. Very, very cool. And then we went down again for a sandwich, sharing it on the grass halfway back up in the sun.

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Montmartre, which is just the coolest of places. Lunch took a while to decide on but was delicious, outside a red corner cafe with a fun waiter. Lauren bought a cool bracelet watch thing, we saw a guy pasting up some awesome street art, I had the most incredible Nutella and hazelnut crepe. And we found Berko, full of the most fantastic little cupcakes. We shared two. So tiny!

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

The Moulin Rouge was just down the road in Pigalle and we caught the Metro home from there, a quick stop before walking over to the Latin Quarter again to find supplies for the nights picnic.

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

We walked past the Pompidou, brushed by Notre Dame with its equally pretty neighbors, and spent the next age trying to find a corkscrew after accidentally throwing out the other one with the trash last night. Many shops later we found one, gave the store owner a laugh over how excited we were that we had, grabbed the rest of our ingredients from an assortment of grocers and patisseries and caught the train over to the Eiffel Tower.

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Words fail to express just how incredibly cool the thing is. I couldn’t believe we were actually there. We grabbed a patch of grass and set up a slightly more impressive picnic than last nights (baguette, camembert, salami, avocado, cherry tomatoes, treats from the patisserie, two very cheap wines), watching the light fade behind the Eiffel Tower. Paris is pretty magical.

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Hours later we walked across the river, looking back at the Eiffel Tower from Palais de Chaillot, and continued along the north edge towards home. We zigzagged across the river on its beautiful bridges, finished the wine on one, took in all the awesome buildings and monuments along the way, and Lauren bruised herself falling down stairs in a club on a boat after using their toilet.

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

Paris, day 2

It was a very long walk. So long we gave up near home and caught the Metro from around the Louvre. Another incredible day.

From September 5, 2010.

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