A birthday in Paris

On our second to last day in Paris, we decided to get out and walk in the gorgeous sunshine.  We started at the Madeleine church, which looks like a Roman temple on the outside but is a Catholic church on the inside.

 

Madeleine church
Madeleine church

 

We then walked through the Place de la Concorde, down the river and over to see Les Invalides and the church where Napoleon is buried.  We didn’t go in to see the tomb, as there didn’t seem to be a way to do this without paying to see the whole military museum, which we were not so interested in!

 

The Egyptian pyramid at Place de La Concorde
The Egyptian pyramid at Place de La Concorde

 

Where Napoleon is buried
Where Napoleon is buried

 

We walked back across the river and down the Champs Elysees (pictured above) to see the Arc de Triomphe (the real one this time!)  We decided not to go up it as we had planned to go up the Eiffel tower the next day, but we crossed underground to stand under it and see the crazy traffic going around it.

 

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

 

Our last day in Paris was also my 32nd birthday.  We started the day with a champagne and croissant breakfast that Reuben surprised me with, before going out to the movies to see Les Miserables (I had been dying to see it and it seemed appropriate in Paris!)

 

Breakfast!
Breakfast!

 

 

We then headed over to the Eiffel Tower, where we climbed up more than 600 stairs to the second floor and had a coffee while watching the sun go down over Paris.  We took the lift ride up to the very top and enjoyed Paris by night before going back to Montmarte and finding a little restaurant for dinner.  When I managed to say in French that it was my birthday, we got some free champagne!  We also tried escargots here (snails).  There is a bit of a knack to twisting them out of their shells – I quite liked them but Reubs was not as impressed by the texture.  It was a fabulous birthday – definitely one to remember!

 

The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower by day

 

Us up the tower
Us up the tower

 

The tower sparkling on the hour
The tower sparkling on the hour

 

The beam from the top circling Paris
The beam from the top circling Paris

 

And by night
And by night

 

 

Not so sure...
Not so sure…

 

Mmm escargots...
Mmm escargots…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rachael says:

    When I opened this blog I thought, oh good they found the real arc de triomph… my fav place in Paris. Escargot tasted like mushroom stalks in garlic butter to us 🙂

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  2. Aunty Moira says:

    Quite enjoyed eating Escargot, had 4 if my memory serves me right[it was nearly 35 years ago!] My friend had a dozen and upchucked the rest of the night !

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