Yesterday was another gorgeous day in Paris!
My father and I started out our day deciding whether or not we would get dressed up before going to the Lido (a Cabaret on Champs Elysées) which meant walking around all dolled up or rushing back to the hotel to change before the show.
We decided on the former (not a very good choice for my feet).
So we set off on another fabulous day in Paris heading to the Hôtel des Invalides first where Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb is, an army museum as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building’s original purpose.
Side tracking a little here, we were at a restaurant just outside of the metro which had the best mussels ever.
Anyhoo, once there we, of course, took several photographs in front of the building before heading in to buy our tickets. You pay about €9 to see the museum as well as the tomb.
Wandering through the museum was definitely interesting, they had weapons from several different periods of time as well as armor and film clips from the second world war. I found the experience enjoyable and informative.
I’ve heard that many people skip on this which is a shame because it’s a wonderful museum and you should definitely check it out if you’re interested in wartime history.
After that we headed north and reached the ginormous tomb, it seriously cannot be missed. Once inside we were struck by how grandiose everything was. The high ceilings, the sculptures, the paintings, Napoleon (if his tomb doesn’t confirm his height inferiority complex I seriously don’t know what will), it was all just so immense and gorgeous! I highly recommend going there.
Once we’d taken the time to soak it all in we headed towards the seine and enjoyed a relaxed walk towards Jardin des Tuileries. Lovely, lovely.
After having a rather extortionate drink in the park (Paris is generally rather pricey) we walked through Place de la Concorde once again and got on the metro towards the Lido where we would be spending our evening.
If you’re interested in going to the Lido I suggest booking your tickets ahead of time because the chances of even getting tickets without a table on the night itself is slim. We booked tickets online with a dinner, yes it was pricey but the food was definitely tasty and we had pretty good seats next to a lovely Russian lady and her mother who turned 55 that night! They were very sweet.
The show was very campy and cheesy and definitely fun! If you’re awkward about seeing a lovely lady’s tits/tittayes/boobs/ba-dang-dangs/hooters/breasts/any other name you can call them then this show is not for you. I couldn’t take any photos but you’re just going to have to trust me when I say the costumes were fantastic! The singing was alright, the dancing was a little out of sync but still great, the in between acts were fabulous and the sets were phenomenal! There were kids at the show but I don’t know if I’d bring a really young kid to the show, I don’t know, I’ll leave that up to you guys.
After the show we headed home for a good night’s rest so we could start the next day anew!
My dad and I had a late start today, all the walking must have really tired us out! When you’re in Paris make sure you invest in a good pair of walking shoes before hand, you’ll thank me later. Even though we may have walked more in London, Paris seems to have tired us out more. Perhaps its because the ground isn’t as even or all the stairs we have climbed, either way my legs are definitely singing every time I sit down.
We started out our day getting back on the metro we’ve gotten so accustomed to before heading to Musée de Cluny or Musée National du Moyen age (still the same thing). Before we got there we stopped at this restaurant for a lovely salad (cesar and niçoise respectively).
Note that when you’re in Paris you’ll never have a quick lunch at a restaurant. It’s quite literally impossible. If you’re on the go make sure you pick something up at a stall to go and eat either on a bench (which I’m happy to say are plentiful here) or walk as you eat.
I spotted this bunny along the way! I’m a sucker for animals.
Once at the museum its hard to miss, you’ll notice a massive building that is slightly decayed but still beautiful. It has been around since 1334, impressive, I know.
There wasn’t an entry fee but I’m not sure if it’s always free so please check on that before you go. There are audio guides that can be rented, student discounts apply. Wandering around the museum was wonderful, they had rooms filled with beautiful stained glass and tapestries. If you’re in a hurry you must take a look at the small chapel on the second floor with a beautiful arched ceiling and at the La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady and the Unicorn) which is also on the second floor, it dates back to the 15th century and it depicts the five senses as well as a rather ambiguously titled ‘À Mon Seul Désir’ which can be interpreted as a range of things “my one/sole desire”.
After the museum we walked past the Sorbonne which has been the historical house of the former University of Paris. It’s a beautiful building to pass by. We then headed towards the Panthéon, my, my, what a gorgeous building. I was dumbfounded yet again by how something so large and ornate could have been built centuries ago.
The Panthéon houses the tombs of Louis Braille, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Marie and Pierre Curie, so on. There’s something about tombs and cemeteries/necropolis’s that I find peaceful. There’s really nothing to be afraid of, it’s a place of rest and calm and I find it quite relaxing.
After the Pantheon we headed to Saint-Étienne-du-Mont which is right next to it. It’s another beautiful church. The first one being built in 1222 after which it was modified and expanded on several occasions. Beautiful stained glass, an amazing organ, wonderful ornate chapels, what more can I say? I love the churches and catherdrals in Paris and London. Everything is so beautiful.
After that we headed towards Shakespeare and Company not before getting lost and getting the help of this lovely dude.
His name is William and he’s from Brazil (oh, I hope I got that right because he might be reading this in which case it would be rather embarrassing if I got that wrong, oh well) he kindly showed us to Shakespeare and Co. and we shared a friendly conversation proving that you can meet lovely people whilst on holiday, before we disappeared into the depths of this magical bookstore.
Built in 1919 on Rue de la Odeon it was a hang out spot for authors such as Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce, it was reopened in honor of the original store which was closed due to the occupation of France by the Axis powers during World War II. It is alleged the store may have been ordered shut because Beach denied a German officer the last copy of Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake”.
Oh my good god. It’s a book nerd’s wet dream. I remembered seeing this book store in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and again in “Before Sunset” and I’ve been obsessed ever since so being there, thumbing through the books and soaking in the ambiance was surreal.
Head upstairs to the library and if you can just sit down with a book and read by the window. It’s like a scene out of a movie. Or play the piano if you can I honestly think everyone would enjoy it.
After buying a couple books and feeling my heart break as we left we wandered to Rue de la Huchette. Remember this if you’re going because you’re about to have the tastiest Greek food ever. Nomz.
After that we picked up a pizza and wandered along the Seine but not before bumping into William and a Chinese friend he had just met, quite the social butterfly isn’t he? After a chilled out evening we headed to the hotel and honestly I’m about to crash, expect more photos soon!
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