This is the second part of day number 6 of our trip. You can read all about our morning in Versailles here. Want to catch up on the first 5 days?
It was still mid-morning when we were finished up at Versailles so we developed our plan of action for the remainder of the day on the train ride back to Paris.
We started off by exploring Montmarte. We walked along the beautifully quaint and hilly streets as we made our way to the Sacré-Cœur. Along the way we admired (aka me taking frightening number of pictures) the wooden windmills strewn about the hillside.
This was my favorite area of Pairs – the quiet cobblestone streets had me smitten. This was the Pairs I had dreamed about.
We rounded a corner and found a hub of shops, artists and musicians – and loads of tourists.
We grabbed a couple of crepes with nutella to continue our climb to the Sacré-Cœur.
There it was, perched on the highest hill in Paris. The magnificent white basilica is impossible to miss.
We toured around the inside of the basilica, then admired the spectacular view of Paris before seeking out the infamous Moulin Rouge.
I loved the movie Moulin Rouge as a teenager. The music, the romance – and the sheer fact that it took place in Paris. I’m sure I’ve seen it no less than 50 times, so I knew I had to make a stop to see the infamous red windmill for myself. I toyed with the idea of seeing a show there, but decided against it due to timing and the price. Just getting to see it was worth it for me!
Next on the agenda was a late lunch. I decided on a quiche Lorraine – it was so fluffy and loaded with cheese and bacon.
A short metro ride later we made our way back over near the Louvre to the Ponts des Arts to put our Love Lock on the bridge.
In case you don’t know, here’s the story of the Love Locks: A couple will write their names on a padlock, lock it onto the bridge and toss the key into the Seine River – as a symbol of their eternal love.
The day before I left, a coworker told me about the Love Locks on this bridge in Pairs and immediately upon her telling me this I knew we HAD to do it. So that night before I rushed around to buy a lock, then convinced Lance to show me how to use his engraver to write on it. Not the world’s best hand writing, but hey – it’s engraved which is what mattered to me.
Our names and the date of our trip on the front; our wedding date on the back.
We searched around to find a good spot, then attached our lock to the bridge.
We said a quick good bye to the key then tossed it into the Seine- followed by a quick smooch.
It was neat to see so many couples all around doing the very same thing we were. There was an undeniable feeling of romance just walking across the bridge – I can see why Paris is often called the City of love.
With a quick glance at the time we realized we had just enough time to get to the Catacombs before they closed (we had tried to visit them our first day, but managed to show up the one day a week they are closed!).
My friend Camille went to Paris a few years ago and visited the Catacombs while she was there – she said it was her favorite thing she did during the whole trip. That was enough to convince us.
We followed the dark (spooky) underground tunnel, unsure of what to expect. Before long we saw them…
Hundreds of skulls stacked inside the tunnel. We followed the narrow labyrinth like path all the way through exploring the stacks and stacks of bones.
The Catacombs were created at the end of the 18th century and hold the bones of close to 6 million Parisians from the late 18th century and the mid 19th century. That’s a whole lotta bones.
When we came out of the catacombs there was a little gift shop across the street. We went in to check it out and ended up leaving with a big bottle of Absinthe. Crazy right? The shop owner gave us very specific instructions on how best to enjoy it. He said to put 1 part absinthe in a glass, place a sugar cube on a strainer above the glass, then pour in 5 parts cold water. Then sip and enjoy.
Our last order of business for the evening was a night time river cruise down the Seine (I printed off a coupon from their website before we left). We didn’t have enough time to grab dinner before the cruise, so Lance and I stopped into a little café along the Seine for a glass of wine and dessert.
We hoped the rain would hold off until after the cruise, but alas it did not. We snuggled beside each other inside on the first floor to keep dry.
We gazed out the windows at various Paris landmarks lit up in the night sky, while our guide filled us in with details and history.
We saw part of the light show on the Eiffel Tower as we cruised by the second time before the end ride.
I really enjoyed the cruise but I will admit that it would have been better if it had not been raining – and I also think it would be a neat thing to do your first day or night in Paris to get a feel for the city.
On the walk back we stopped briefly at the Trocadéro to snap a few night shots of the Eiffel Tower before heading to dinner.
And that was the end of our last night in Paris in the glorious city of Paris!