Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Paris Diaries: Paris Day 4

On our 4th day in Paris, we decided to start off with the Pere Lachaise Cemetery (where Jim Morrison, Balzac, Oscar Wilde and many other notables are buried) in the morning and finish off the day exploring the Marais District. The day took a surprising turn when we spontaneously jumped in a cab that evening and headed towards the Eiffel Tower (something we hadn't planned on doing since we'd both done it before). It was a great day!

Cemeterie Pere Lachaise 

We actually left the Pere Lachaise Cemetery before we'd have liked because we got a little unnerved by some strange creepers, one of whom stared us down for a good 10 minutes for no apparent reason and another who followed us for quite a while. Just a tip, if you're visiting this attraction, don't bring anything valuable with you including cash and stay in groups. Once you get into the heart of the cemetery, there's no one around and there could be strange people lurking about from time to time. I'm sure it's perfectly safe, but it's always a good idea to err on the side of caution. However, if you are planning to only visit Jim Morrison's grave, there will be plenty of people around there and it's near the front.

 Jim Morrison's Grave

The Marais District

The Marais District is great - lots to see, do and eat there. We probably only touched on the surface, so here's hoping we can go back there before we leave!

 Victor Hugo's house which is now a museum - he wrote Les Miserables

The Bastille (not actually in the Marais - we walked the wrong way!) 

 Pizza Bolognese - Pizza with ground beef and a fried egg. It's delicious!

 The Shoah Memorial

The Eiffel Tower

You don't have to go to the very top of the Eiffel Tower to see a nice view - it's actually better at the 2nd level where there's more space to move around and no fence over the view. Keep in mind if you ever visit Le Tour Eiffel that if you go to the top, there's often a queue and it can take twice as long to come down as it did to go up... If you're claustrophobic, I wouldn't recommend it.

 Le Tour Eiffel

 The View from the 2nd Floor of the Eiffel Tower

Champagne Toast at the Summit of the Eiffel Tower

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