Day 16 – Au revoir Paris!
12 April 2015
It was our last day in Paris and it was going to be a busy one too. First was to check out and go to another hotel we booked across the city. We took a taxi instead of catching the subway as we had quite heavy luggages, a lot heavier since we started our tour :).
We reached Hotel La Manufacture at around 10:30am. Since check in was at 1pm we left our luggages there and decided to search for the church we were to attend that night. We knew it wasn’t that far from our hotel, around 20 mins walk. I think it took longer than that. We found the place and so at least we already knew where it was for tonight’s service. We then realised that the Pantheon was only a block away from where we were and so off we went to see some dead people lol well the Pantheon is where distinguished French citizens’ remains were buried. They should be so lucky! I think it was less than €10 each to get in. The walls were adorned by paintings. There were some people organising the middle of the hall with speakers and barricades, it seemed like there was an event to happen there soon. Following a path behind the church led us to the bottom of the Pantheon where the crypt was. It was very quiet in there, there weren’t a lot of visitors either since it was still early in the morning. There was an official ‘shoosher’ in there as I saw a group of visitors talking quite loudly and he told them to be quiet. It was a little dark and cold in the crypt. A little eerie too walking into the separate mausoleums and seeing the tombs. We only knew a few of those buried there. One was Victor Hugo who wrote Les Miserables and Marie Curie who was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize for her work on radioactivity which eventually led to her death (radiation poisoning) but yey for winning!
After the Pantheon we were on a hunt for a metro station and from our walk we stumbled across one called Luxembourg which was near the Luxembourg Gardens. I told Wifey that we should check out the park first since it was a lovely day and we weren’t dissapointed. It was such a lovely place, the trees were green and the flowers have all started to bloom and in the middle of the gardens is where Luxembourg Palace stood. There were a few people chilling in their deck chairs, making the most of the sunshine. If only we could stay longer but we still had a few things on our to do list that day.
Next stop was the Eiffel Tower again! We knew it was going to be a lovely day and it was a nice day to get a decent picture with it, plus we wanted to climb to the top! To get a decent picture of the Eiffel Tower in the background we ended up going to Trocadero Gardens which was just across the tower. It was getting quite hot at this point with the sun out and the amount of walking we had done so far. We decided to take a break and sit on the grass under a tree while we had some French crepes. I had ham and cheese while Wifey had banana and chocolate.
The line of people climbing up the tower was quite long. The line for the elevator was longer than the stairs. Of course it was a lot cheaper to climb the stairs and so that is where we lined up. It was only 700 steps, too easy :S. It cost €5 each to go up. After a few stories up, Wifey and I questioned whether we made the right decision haha. It was hard work for sure but the view was definitely worth it!
After our Eiffel Tower tour we ended up back at The Avenue des Champs-Élysées as Wifey was planning to check out some bags. I ran the opposite way with my credit card 😀 kidding. It was quite a walk across the whole avenue and she couldn’t find a bag that she liked. It was getting late and we still had to go to church and so around 5pm we headed back to our hotel.
We rested for an hour or so and then went to church. Since we were quite tired from walking, we took the train to church instead even if we had to change lines a couple of times.
We definitely needed another day or two in Paris as we felt that we’d only seen a little part of what the city had to offer. What we saw in our two and a half days were amazing. It was one of our favourite cities that we had visited so far.