Day Two of Our Paris Adventures

Day Two of Our Paris Adventures

We awoke early the next morning, as we had splashed out and pre-purchased breakfast packages at the hotel (despite warnings of the expense). It turned out to be the best food we had in Paris the entire time we were there! We could enjoy unlimited tea, coffee, fresh juices and an array of the most delicious cheeses, cold meats, breads and pastries, and fruit and yogurt. I’m sure the quality of the food and the expense changes from hotel to hotel, so it might be best to read some reviews before selecting this option with your accommodation. But we were stoked with our choice!

The Pantheon

The first stop for our second day was the Pantheon, just a short stroll from the hotel. If you know the Pantheon in Rome, you might recognise the similarities with the Paris Pantheon. The façade was actually inspired by the original Roman building.

The Paris Pantheon was originally built as a church, however it now functions as a mausoleum containing the remains of notable French citizens in its crypts. The inside of the building is beautiful, with a similarly patterned ceiling to that of the Roman Pantheon.

Admiring the amazing ceiling design in the Pantheon.

There is a working copy of the swinging pendulum that physicist Léon Foucault created (in 1851) to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. We stood there for ages just watching it swing; it was very captivating.

From the front of the Pantheon, there is also a direct view straight down the street to the Eiffel tour. Talk about town planning!

The view of the Eiffel Tour from the Pantheon.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Another quick walk down the road and we found ourselves at the Notre-Dame Cathedral. We had been keen to climb to the top of the cathedral tower but the line was quite long when we got there so we opted out of it (skip-the-line entry to the tower was not included in our Paris Museum Pass). Instead we admired the grand gothic architecture from the outside, and wandered through the cathedral itself (which is free for everybody). Apparently the tower has a very impressive view overlooking Paris, so perhaps that’s an activity for another trip.

Notre Dame Cathedral from the other side of the Seine River.

The view from the back of Notre Dame.

BYD Tip

Make sure you walk around to the back of Notre-Dame – it is even more spectacular than the front view!

Saint-Chappelle

Saint-Chapelle. What can I say? Words can’t describe it. Do yourself a favour and visit this chapel. It has the most magnificent stained glasswork and architectural design that we have ever seen. It’s definitely a BYD favourite!! Make sure not to miss going up the stairs to the second level. We nearly did, and that’s where the real magic is.

Saint-Chapelle is part of the Palais de la Cité, the former home of the Kings of France. It is located on the île de la Cité, the little island in the Seine River that is also home to Notre Dame.

Saint-Chappelle (photos don’t do it justice).

BYD Tip

After visiting Saint-Chapelle, take a walk towards the tip of the island. You will reach the Pont Neuf bridge, from here take the stairs down to the Seine and enjoy the sunshine on the banks of the river. Perhaps a sneaky picnic of champagne and cheese is in order here!

Musée d’Orsay

Starry Night, Van Gogh.

After a quick croissant and espresso, we made our way to the Musee d’Orsay. I can safely say that this is my favourite gallery that I have visited (actually, it’s a tie with the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Read my post about the Uffizi here: Adventures in Florence and Pisa). If you like art from the impressionist period, this is the place to go. It houses large collections of two of my favourite artists Monet and Degas, but also notable artists such as Renoir, Van Gogh, and Cexanne to name just a few. You can see Van Gogh’s Starry Night here, which is pretty spectacular in real life. (We left the gallery with five prints of some of our favourite paintings!)

Woman with a Parasol, Turned to the Left, Monet.

The Ballet Class, Degas.

Water Lilies, Monet.

Small Dancer Aged Fourteen, Degas.

The Church of St. Mary, in Knokke, Pissarro.

The Argenteuil Bridge, Monet.

Ballet Rehearsal on Stage, Degas.

An Afternoon on the Paris Big Bus

Thoroughly exhausted and with aching feet from a big day of walking, we decided to sit back and relax on the Big Bus for the afternoon. We spent a couple of hours on the bus and completed the full route. They provide you with a headset so you can listen to some history and information about the sites that you pass, whilst enjoying the view.

Having fun on the Paris Big Bus!

Arc de Triomphe

Our second evening came to a close in a similar way to the first; elevated above the city with a beautiful view. This time we were at the top of the Arc de Triomphe. From the top of this magnificent monument you get a view all the way down the Champs-Elysees. You can see Paris in one direction, and Puteaux in the other. The contrast between the old architecture of Paris and the modern skyscrapers of Puteaux is beautiful to see.

We were so lucky to be up the top of this great monument as the sun went down, and see the Eiffel Tour light up with it’s twinkling lights. The light show happens on the hour, every hour after sunset, and the lights sparkle for 5 minutes. It’s gorgeous and is sure to take your breath away!

Watching the Eiffel Tour sparkle from the Arc de Triomphe!

Amazing view of the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe!

Enjoying a beautiful evening atop the Arc de Triomphe!

The view of Puteaux from the Arc de Triomphe!

BYD Tip

Sunset on top of the Arc de Triumphe is definitely the best view we saw of Paris. You can see more from the top of the Eiffel Tour, but from the top of the Arc you get to SEE the Eiffel Tour!

The Moulin Rouge

We made a quick stop by the iconic Moulin Rouge on the way back to the hotel so that we could see it all lit up at night and take a few photos. It was very great to see, but we couldn’t afford tickets.

That’s a story for our second Paris trip.

To read about out last day in Paris, click here: Au Revoir Paris, Until Next Time!

Standing outside the Moulin Rouge.

The Moulin Rouge.

So excited to be at the Moulin Rouge!

The Moulin Rouge windmill!

We awoke early the next morning, as we had splashed out and pre-purchased breakfast packages at the hotel (despite warnings of the expense). It turned out to be the best food we had in Paris the entire time we were there! We could enjoy unlimited tea, coffee, fresh juices and an array of the most delicious cheeses, cold meats, breads and pastries, and fruit and yogurt. I’m sure the quality of the food and the expense changes from hotel to hotel, so it might be best to read some reviews before selecting this option with your accommodation. But we were stoked with our choice!

The Pantheon

The first stop for our second day was the Pantheon, just a short stroll from the hotel. If you know the Pantheon in Rome, you might recognise the similarities with the Paris Pantheon. The façade was actually inspired by the original Roman building.

The Paris Pantheon was originally built as a church, however it now functions as a mausoleum containing the remains of notable French citizens in its crypts. The inside of the building is beautiful, with a similarly patterned ceiling to that of the Roman Pantheon.

Travel blog photo of Malika standing in the Parisian Pantheon.

Admiring the amazing ceiling design in the Pantheon.

There is a working copy of the swinging pendulum that physicist Léon Foucault created (in 1851) to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. We stood there for ages just watching it swing; it was very captivating.

From the front of the Pantheon, there is also a direct view straight down the street to the Eiffel tour. Talk about town planning!

Photo of the view from the French Pantheon, down to the Eiffel Tour.

The view of the Eiffel Tour from the Pantheon.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Another quick walk down the road and we found ourselves at the Notre-Dame Cathedral. We had been keen to climb to the top of the cathedral tower but the line was quite long when we got there so we opted out of it (skip-the-line entry to the tower was not included in our Paris Museum Pass). Instead we admired the grand gothic architecture from the outside, and wandered through the cathedral itself (which is free for everybody). Apparently the tower has a very impressive view overlooking Paris, so perhaps that’s an activity for another trip.

Travel photo of the back view of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France.

The view from the back of Notre Dame.
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Travel blog photo of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France.

BYD Tip

Make sure you walk around to the back of Notre-Dame – it is even more spectacular than the front view!

Saint-Chappelle

Saint-Chapelle. What can I say? Words can’t describe it. Do yourself a favour and visit this chapel. It has the most magnificent stained glasswork and architectural design that we have ever seen. It’s definitely a BYD favourite!! Make sure not to miss going up the stairs to the second level. We nearly did, and that’s where the real magic is.

Saint-Chapelle is part of the Palais de la Cité, the former home of the Kings of France. It is located on the île de la Cité, the little island in the Seine River that is also home to Notre Dame.

Photo of the stained glass from Saint-Chappelle in Paris, France.

Saint-Chappelle (photos don’t do it justice).

BYD Tip

After visiting Saint-Chapelle, take a walk towards the tip of the island. You will reach the Pont Neuf bridge, from here take the stairs down to the Seine and enjoy the sunshine on the banks of the river. Perhaps a sneaky picnic of champagne and cheese is in order here!

Musée d’Orsay

Photo of the Starry Night painting, by Van Gogh.

Starry Night, Van Gogh.

After a quick croissant and espresso, we made our way to the Musee d’Orsay. I can safely say that this is my favourite gallery that I have visited (actually, it’s a tie with the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Read my post about the Uffizi here: Adventures in Florence and Pisa). If you like art from the impressionist period, this is the place to go. It houses large collections of two of my favourite artists Monet and Degas, but also notable artists such as Renoir, Van Gogh, and Cexanne to name just a few. You can see Van Gogh’s Starry Night here, which is pretty spectacular in real life. (We left the gallery with five prints of some of our favourite paintings!)

Photo of the Woman with a Parasol, Turned to the Left painting.

Woman with a Parasol, Turned to the Left, Monet.
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Photo of The Ballet Class painting, by Degas.
Photo of the Water Lilies painting, by Monet.
Photo of the Small Dancer Aged Fourteen sculpture, by Degas.
Photo of the The Church of St. Mary, in Knokke painting, by Pissarro.
Photo of The Argenteuil Bridge, a painting by Monet.
Photo of the painting Ballet Rehearsal on Stage, by Degas.

An Afternoon on the Paris Big Bus

Thoroughly exhausted and with aching feet from a big day of walking, we decided to sit back and relax on the Big Bus for the afternoon. We spent a couple of hours on the bus and completed the full route. They provide you with a headset so you can listen to some history and information about the sites that you pass, whilst enjoying the view.

Photo of Malika and Jori on the top deck of the Paris Big Bus tour.

Having fun on the Paris Big Bus!

Arc de Triomphe

Our second evening came to a close in a similar way to the first; elevated above the city with a beautiful view. This time we were at the top of the Arc de Triomphe. From the top of this magnificent monument you get a view all the way down the Champs-Elysees. You can see Paris in one direction, and Puteaux in the other. The contrast between the old architecture of Paris and the modern skyscrapers of Puteaux is beautiful to see.

We were so lucky to be up the top of this great monument as the sun went down, and see the Eiffel Tour light up with it’s twinkling lights. The light show happens on the hour, every hour, after sunset and the lights sparkle for 5 minutes. It’s gorgeous and is sure to take your breath away!

Photo of the lights of the Champs-Élysées as viewed from the top of the Arc de Triomphe at night.

Amazing view of the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe!
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Photo of Malika looking at a beautiful Eiffel Tour from the Arc de Triomphe
Photo of Puteaux city in France, taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
Photo of Malika and Jori at the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

BYD Tip

Sunset on top of the Arc de Triumphe is definitely the best view we saw of Paris. You can see more from the top of the Eiffel Tour, but from the top of the Arc you get to SEE the Eiffel Tour!

The Moulin Rouge

We made a quick stop by the iconic Moulin Rouge on the way back to the hotel so that we could see it all lit up at night and take a few photos. It was very great to see, but we couldn’t afford tickets.

That’s a story for our next Paris trip.

To read about out last day in Paris, click here: Au Revoir Paris, Until Next Time!

Travel blog photo of The Moulin Rouge in Paris, France.

The Moulin Rouge.
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Photo of Malika and Jori standing outside of the Moulin Rouge in Paris, at night.
Photo of Malika excited out the front of the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
A close up photo of The Moulin Rouge windmill
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