Just like in London, we started our second day with a visit to a top museum. In this case, the peerless Louvre Museum. When visiting this super popular institution purchasing tickets ahead is a must. You do not want to waste a couple of hours of your precious time in Paris standing in line!
Arguably, the Louvre has the most iconic exterior of any museum in the world.
The Louvre is a place where some of the world's greatest masterpieces go unnoticed since tourists seem to only be interested in some of the above works. On the one hand, it's great to see so much interest in art, even if it's limited to a few notable ones.
After the Museum we walked all the way to the Arch of Triumph making stops at Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde and Fontaine des Mers, as we continued to walk along Av. Des Champs-Elysées.
A little rain was not going to keep us from walking to the Arch of Triumph.
We went back to the hotel and after a shower and a bit of rest headed to the 18th arrondissement, where the Sacre Cœur basilica is located. Instead of telling you about this magnificent church and the view from the hill, just look at the pictures. The metro makes almost any area of Paris easily accessible. In this case, going all the way to the 18th district only required a metro transfer, about 32 minutes on the metro and ~10-minute walk.
We decided to stay in this outer part of Paris to enjoy a meal at Le Jardin d'en Face. Hands down this was our best meal in Paris! The chef and the waitress were both amazing.
while this was the only meal to really stand out, the wine we had across the board was excellent. The same can be said about the baguettes and bread in general. We will share our list of recommended restaurants on a future post.
We ate a quick breakfast at the Opéra metro station and headed to Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Next on our list was the Seine river cruise. The starting point was just a few minutes walk from the cathedral. We will be sharing a video of the complete ride soon. This cruise is highly recommended especially if it's your first time in Paris.
Once the cruise was over, we took the metro back to the Eiffel Tower. The fact that it was Saturday the lines were a lot longer than before. There was also a triathlon going on which contributed to the much bigger crowd.
Since our hotel was so close to it, we had left spending some time at Place Vendôme for the last night.