After getting up much too late, we stormed the city in search of chocolate croissants, fresh air, and the Arc de Triomphe.
We found all three.
We began the day by visiting a beautiful church located just down the street from our apartment, the Church of Saint-Paul Saint-Louis. The massiveness of the church was very humbling. And I couldn't help but feel surrounded by an incomprehensible magnitude of rich history.
Our journey really started when we entered the gardens of the Louvre, captivating and lush as they were. Not to mention exceedingly vast. With immaculate cleanliness, plenty of tourists, and many, many guys trying to sell miniature Eiffel Towers, the Gardens of the Louvre provided one of today's highlights. The only downside, I would have to say, would be paying to use the loo. But other than that -- it was delightful!
After that, we walked down the long, winding street all the way to the Arc de Triomphe, stopping only at Paul's pastry shop to grab a well-deserved chocolate croissant.
By that time, the sun was just about to set.
We took the winding 284 steps to the top, saw the beauty of the Parisian skyline, and took the 284 steps back down to the ground. The sheer simplicity of the peachy oranges, bright yellows, and pastel-like pinks of the skyline powdered the many landmarks of Paris with an element of delicateness. Fabulous stuff.
Tomorrow, I aim to find a La Poste in the early morning so I can mail the few letters I have accumulated in my bag and send them on their way. Other than that, we shall also aim to head to the Eiffel Tower, and eat some delicious picnic goods on the grounds below it. It shall be beautiful!
|Cigarette bowls--a staple on almost all of the cafe tables I have seen thus far in Paris.|
~ Ms. Always Traveling