It was an early 6am start after a late night at the Eiffle Tower. We were determined to go to the Louvre and beat the lines. We got there before it opened and got our spot at the front of the line. I was hesitant at first about going to the Louvre, overwhelmed by its size, wondering if we had enough time to see all the things we had listed, but we accomplished our goal! The Louvre was MASSIVE! We did get lost a few times, but that didn't stop us. We got to see the Mona Lisa, Nike, raft of the Medusa, Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, Liberty Leading People, Venus de Milo, Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon, and THOUSANDS of other pieces of artwork along the way! Each room was bigger than a house filled with many pieces of artwork or statues. You could go there every day for a week and not be able to see it all. It was incredible to be able to see so much artwork under one roof! It's a must see for anyone who has time in Paris!
After spending all morning in the Louvre, we went to have a picnic at the Eiffel tower! We got fresh baguettes, fresh cheese, and fresh macaroons. We took some time to enjoy our last sights of the Eiffel Tower and watched some of the Roland Garros tennis going on! Fresh baguettes in Paris are delicious, and incredibly cheap.. about 50 cents! Paris also had delicious fresh croissants. We frequently went in to to get a snack at the bakery each time we passed one to try something new!
On our way to the picnic we went to one of the attractions I wanted to see in Paris, where Princess Diana passed away. This was an underpass that to this day is lined with flowers. On the walls of the underpass were wonderful things written about the impact she made and how she will not be forgotten. Even though this was right near the Eiffel Tower, it was a silent and peaceful place. People came to pay their respects. After attending Princess Diana's exhibit at the Cincinatti Museum last summer, it felt right to be able see where such a horrible tragedy occurred.
After our picnic at the Eiffel Tower, and relaxing listening to the live musicians on the lawn, we went to see the Sacrè-Coeur Cathedral on top of the highest hill in Paris. This was quite a hike up with several boutiques and shops on our way up. Inside the church was amazing stained glass work and an active prayer church. It was completely silent inside and their were nuns leading a prayer at the front. We sat down to watch and take it all in for at least 30 minutes before heading back outside. There were people inside talking about how far they've traveled just to visit this church. It was amazing what people went through to get there, and I was glad to be beside them.
When we went back outside we could see all of Paris, every monument, statue, and building we had hiked around to see. We sat outside and reflected on each person's favorite sight and all of the differences we had seen in Paris!
Reflecting on Paris, it was different from what I was expecting. To be honest, the locals were rather rude and didn't want to help with directions at all. French people came off to be very snooty and let it be known that they were better than others. Everyone was dressed in extremely high end clothing from head to toe. It definitely was not acceptable to be out in public in sweats or jeans. The women had on huge heels and would walk around like it was nothing; my feet hurt for them.
Once we got back from Sacrè-Coeur, it was time to start packing up and catch our 15 hour bus ride to Barcelona. Our trip to Paris had a lot shoved into two days and I feel like I could have spent at least a week here exploring more of the city, but until next time Paris!