We took the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord on Friday morning. When we arrived, we dropped our bags off at our hotel and went to the Louvre. Since we are students at a European college, we had free entry.
We saw the major attractions of the museum, such as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory.
We also saw some Egyptian art as well.
There is an inverted pyramid in one of the lobbies, and I recreated a photo that I have from when I went to Paris in high school.
I have a car company!
We walked from the Louvre to Notre Dame, where they were putting ornaments on the Christmas tree.
We went to Moulin Rouge on two separate occasions, in order to see it during the day and at night, when it was lit up. Our hotel was on the same road as Moulin Rouge, and the walk from Moulin Rouge to our hotel took us through the Red Light District.
The region that we were staying in is called Montmartre. Historically, it is where the artists of the city live. It is the highest point of the city, and the Sacre Couer Cathedral sits up at the top.
We rode the Metro to Pere Lachaise Cemetery, where many famous people are buried.
The cemetery was incredibly large, but there were street signs within, and I took a photo of the map on my camera, so we were able to navigate through.
This is Oscar Wilde’s grave. It is customary to put on lipstick and kiss his grave.
There were heaps and heaps of beautiful stone memorials.
There was a whole row of memorials to people who died during the Holocaust.
Edith Piaf is buried in the cemetery, in a very simple marble grave.
Jim Morrison died while he was in Paris, and was buried at Pere Lachaise.
Frederic Chopin is also buried there.
We went to the Champs Elysees, where we saw the Arc de Triomphe, large stores, and the Christmas Market.
Of course, we went to the Eiffel Tower.
I went a little photo crazy, of course.
We also took a Seine river cruise, which was very cold! After that, we had dinner. I had vegetable soup, bread, and a delicious Rose wine.
On Sunday, we went to the Centre Pompidou.
There was an interactive exhibit.
This is by Picasso, called Arlequin. It’s probably the only Picasso that I actually like.
This is the main level of the Pompidou.
While in Paris, I was very comfortable. I was able to speak French, and I even got in a small argument with the hotel maid when she tried to take my uneaten breakfast! I really miss taking French classes, but luckily I am enrolled in a French film class for the Spring.
Paris, je t’aime.