Continuing in Paris (see Part 1 here).
We always try to make a point of walking as much as possible when travelling (weather permitting) – in Europe especially, the streets are beautiful and at least as worth seeing as the major attractions, and it’s easy to miss it completely if you take the subway everywhere. We walked some of the touristic districts of Paris – Marais, Montmarte, Pigalle, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Latin Quarter. As touristy as it may be, I really loved the vibe of Montmarte – Christmas markets were still in full swing despite being post-Christmas, the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur was beautifully lit, the city laid out before us, and artists selling their talent in the main square.
Looking back at these photos, I’ve realised that we took a lot of photos of famous monuments but decided not to actually go into them – the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph, Sacré Cœur, Moulin Rouge. There are so many museums, galleries and monuments to see in Paris that I think it would be overkill to have visited them all in the short time we were there. Besides the Louvre (which I’ll cover in another post) the only other gallery we saw was the Musée de l’Orangerie, specifically to see “The Water Lilies” – a 360 degree depiction of Monet’s flower garden at Giverny, which was stunning. No photos allowed inside unfortunately!
We met up with another friend and the four of us planned to eat dinner at our little apartment before heading out for the New Year’s Eve festivities on the Champs-Élysées. After dinner The Boy and I decided to let the others brave the rain on their own and ended up ringing in the new year watching a movie on our laptop. I have no regrets!