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France, Paris – Quick Trip in the City II

Published: 19.7.2015
Immediately after seeing the Luxembourg Gardens we headed to the world famous Sorbonna University. Cardinal Richelieu himself took care of its development. for he financed its reconstruction, and he transformed once college for poor students to an important hub of education.

Sorbonna

The time for lunch comes and we have the last stop in the morning. We step on the largest island on the Seine, on the very place where the foundations of Paris were laid down. The place that is thanks to Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle the greatest tourist attraction – Ile de la Cité.

katedrála Notre-Damekatedrála Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame – who haven’t read Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris – who hasn’t seen the famous movie by Walt Disney? I suppose Napoleon Bonaparte there are not so many people therefore, so many go to see the cathedral. It took 167 years to build it. The building has a long history and many important moments in the history of France happened just there. For instance, Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation as an emperor happened there.

Should you desire to see famous gargoyles, you have to climb 255 steps of the northern tower. To reach the highest peak of Notre-Dame means to climb another 250 stairs… On the other hand, the vista of the city is marvelous.

Very close to us is Latin Quarter , the place of our lunch. The restaurant we ate at, after recommendation of our guide, offered three meals for 11, 15, or 22 euro. I taste famous snails in herb marinade, then a lamb steak follows with crème brullée for the end. What to aks more… I chose the middle path and the food was delicious.

In the afternoon, we visit Palais de Justice and also Louvre. One day wouldn’t certainly be sufficient to see it. Some at least see the eyes of Mona Lisa. Others go on. I long to see Musée de l‘Orangerie. Claude Monet’s paintings are a magnet on people –his „Water Lilies“ collection is in the entire floor. Other gems are on the ground floor - Cézanne, Renoir, Mattise, or Picasso.

Louvre

Upon this cultural experience we still walk for a while in Tuileries gardens, the place where you relax. We continue to Rivoli boulevard. It is one of the most important streets in France. Everybody would enjoy it there – there are many souvenirs, beautiful jewelry, clothes, chocolate delicacies, and many other goods. The time for us to leave for the hotel is coming. I make some more pictures of this noisy city in the evening and finally I board the bus.

mosty na Seiněnoční Seina

We stay in Premiere Classe hotel for the night. Rooms with two beds offer even one double-bed and, wait for it… one blanket. The room is bright, there is a small table, TV and restroom. Breakfast is not included in the price. It costs 5 euro.

To be continued…

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