Europe: Paris, Day 4

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Despite not getting up until around noon, my first full day in Paris ended up being my most ambitious of the trip so far. I ended up walking some 13 miles around the city, starting from Place Monge .

I started by heading to the Jardin des Plantes, which was half a block away. Since it was early January, there wasn’t much growing, but they did have a dinosaur statue.

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Dinosaur Statue

I then followed the Seine again, crossing to walk through Ile Saint-Louis toward Notre-Dame de Paris. In the center of Île Saint-Louis, I bought some Berthillon ice cream. I had 3 scoops, one of salted caramel, one of hazelnut, and one of peach. I got some crazy looks from people for eating ice cream on a cold day, but it was worth it.

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Seine & Notre Dame

It wasn’t my intent to go to Notre Dame on the same day that Notre Dame was playing in the National Championship game; it just worked out that way. Needless to say, this did not bring them any sort of good luck or even mediocre luck.

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The line to go to the top of the cathedral was reasonably short, and the sky was briefly showing bits of blue, so I waited for about 15 minutes and headed to the top.

Given Notre Dame’s central location, the views from the top are some of the best in Paris. Plus you can never go wrong with gargoyles.

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Gargoyle

After leaving Notre Dame, I followed the river toward The Louvre. There was a stretch of the Seine where building after building had a pet store in it. I have no idea why there is a need for such a large concentration of pet stores in that area of Paris, but if you’re ever in the city and in the market for a hamster, then I suggest stopping in.

I didn’t stop in the Louvre, as it can take a whole day, and with only a few days in Paris, I didn’t want to do too many things I had done previously. I continued walking through the Tuileries Garden, which had the remains of the Christmas market, closed for the season, then walked the length of the Champs-Élysées.

I passed a mall that advertised “luxury restrooms”, so I had to check it out. Unfortunately, they wanted 3 euros as an entry fee. Considering most restrooms are free and are quite sufficient for my needs, I’m curious what exactly that 3 euros would have gotten me. Alas, that will remain a mystery, as I didn’t have to go that badly.

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I arrived at the Arc de Triomphe just after the sun was setting, took a few photos, then headed to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night.

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Eiffel Tower

For dinner, it was back to my neighborhood, where I then tried in vain to get to sleep at a reasonable hour. I pledged to set an alarm for the next day so I would not stay in bed until noon.

Song of the day: The Decemberists – The Legionnaire’s Lament

More posts from this trip:

Europe 2013: And so the trip began
Europe: London, Day 1
Europe: London, Day 2
Europe: London to Paris, Day 3
Europe: Paris, Day 4
Europe: Paris, Day 5
Europe: Paris, Day 6
Europe: Paris to Nice, Day 7
Europe: Nice – Cote d’Azur, Day 8
Europe: Nice – Monaco, Day 9
Europe: Nice, and Nice to Rimini, Days 10 & 11
Europe: San Marino, Day 12
Europe: Rimini to Lake Como, Day 13
Europe: FARTing around the Alps – Locarno & Domodossola, Day 14
Europe: Como to Zurich, Day 15
Europe: Liechtenstein & so much more, Day 16
Europe: Zurich to Luxembourg to Bruges, Days 17 & 18
Europe: Bruges, Day 19
Europe: Bruges, Day 20

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  1. Place Monge
    Attraction in France

    France
  2. Jardin des Plantes
    Attraction in 75 France

    57 Rue Cuvier
    75 France
    01 40 79 56 01
    http://www.jardindesplantes.net/
  3. Ile Saint-Louis
    Attraction in Paris France

    Île Saint-Louis
    Paris France
  4. Notre-Dame de Paris
    Attraction in Paris France

    6 Place Parvis Notre Dame
    Paris France
    01 42 34 56 10
  5. Berthillon
    Attraction in Paris France

    Paris France
    01 43 54 31 61
    http://www.berthillon.fr/
  6. Paris
    City in France

    Paris France
  7. The Louvre
    Attraction in Paris France

    Place des Pyramides
    Paris France
    +33 1 40 20 50 50
    http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home.jsp?bmLocale=en
  8. Tuileries
    Attraction in Paris France

    7 Jardin du Carrousel
    Paris France
    01 42 60 47 31
  9. Champs-Élysées
    Attraction in Paris France

    Champs-Elysées
    Paris France
    01 42 99 16 16
    http://www.champselysees.org/
  10. Arc de Triomphe
    Attraction in Paris France

    Place Charles de Gaulle
    Paris France
    01 53 89 50 50
    http://www.arcdetriompheparis.com/
  11. Eiffel Tower
    Attraction in Paris France

    Parc du Champ de Mars
    Paris France
    +33 892 70 12 39
    http://tour-eiffel.fr

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