Last full day in Paris

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Met for breakfast at 8am at our place and decided to walk to Sacre Coeur as we are actually saying in the Montmartre area. It was a lovely walk through the cobble-stoned streets passing souvenir shops, cafes , restaurants and artists doing portraits of tourists. The Browns hadn't been to the area before and we were happy to see it again, Sacre Coeur is quite a beautiful church and zrcitecturally different to the others in Paris. I then decided to split off from the others as they had decided to do a walk down the Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe and I decided to go back to Pere Lachaise cemetery. When I got there I took a photo of the plan and index of where all the famous people were buried but it was very difficult to actullay locate them all. In the end I only found Jim Morrison which was the one I really wanted to find. In fact I found it because there was a large group of people gathered around it and didn’t see any large groups anywhere after that. Seems that his was the most popular one for people to find. Others buried there are Edith Piaf, Chopin, George Melies, Oscar Wilde plus many others. It was still interesting anyway as many of the tombstones are quite elaborate.

Then rang the others and they were about half-way down the Champs waiting for coffee at Starbucks which apparently took them about 45 minutes, so I decided to catch the Metro down to the Champs Elysees Clemenceau station . I tried calling Daisy but no answer so decided to have a walk around and take photos of the Grand Palais and Petit Palais and walked through Clemenceau Gardens and the Tuileries Gardens where I sat down for a while and just took in the atmosphere. They have chairs everywhere and people were just relaxing or even sun-baking next to the fountains. The others ended up catching up with me just before I was about to visit the statue of Joan of Arc which is the one you see every year on the Tour de France when they finish in Paris.

We then wandered over to the Louvre to have a look at the Pyramid and were able to have a look inside as well. We had all decided we didn’t need to visit the galleries again and we didn’t have time anyway.

Then walked over to Les Halles and had a look at the Georges Pompidou Centre before heading home for an early dinner so we could pack our bags ready for the train journey to London tomorrow morning. We’ve had a great time in Paris with the Browns, obviously a lot more we could have seen but we were happy with what we had achieved.
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