Bonjour from Paris!!
Today was my second day in the city of love on my Top Deck Tour.
Our driver from our tour was taking everyone into the city so we had to be on the bus by 9.15am – which isn’t that early. However I woke up still feeling sick from my flu so considered staying in bed and going out exploring later.
I’m glad I got up and caught the coach though because I did start to feel better around lunch time.
Kara, Kelly & I got off the coach with our red lipstick freshly applied just before the Louvre pyramid and found this cute french Macaroon shop where we each bought a Macaroon.
We checked out the Arc de Triomphe again (as we’d seen it the night before from the bus) which honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars.
It has all the names of the French victories and generals inscribed on the inner and outer surfaces and beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
Just a note also, when we were checking out these sights. We had this lady come up to us saying “do you speak English?” With some piece of paper in her hand.
I assumed she wanted directions to somewhere so I said yes, she then proceeded to try and get me to sign my name and where I was from on this piece of paper as some petition ‘for the children’
They then try and get money off you which I actually didn’t have any of!
I hadn’t been to an ATM yet so I literally had no Euros on me. Not that I would have given any money to her anyways.
When she realized I didn’t have anything she scowled at me and stormed off to try and scam the next person.
They’re everywhere near the Louvre so just be wary if you ever visit. They get super annoying and really just want your money.
The above picture is the statue of Joan of Arc which was commissioned by the French government following the defeat of the country in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War.
Once we had seen a few famous places, including The Palais Garnier (as shown above) – a 1,979-seat opera house, we headed to Sephora so Kara and I could have a browse (we’re both Sephora lovers haha)
I bought another Urban Decay eye-shadow Naked Pallet (number 3 if you’re a make up freak like me and want to know)
We then walked 20 minutes to the Moulin Rouge and took a couple of snappies.
By this stage we were getting a bit hungry so went to a restaurant nearby and sat in the sun.
My throat was still sore so I ordered a bowl of ice-cream haha (any excuse right?) And a lemonade. Which unfortunately wasn’t the same type of lemonade that America does. 😐
The girls ordered some cheeses and meats which I only tried a little bit of. I don’t have the taste buds for all these different cheeses. I’ll eat Camembert and a bit of Brie but don’t really like the super fancy french cheeses like most people do.
We decided to head to the Eiffel Tower after lunch so took the bus and got off just before the tower.
The girls had a bike tour that started at 3pm which I didn’t sign up for (I wasn’t sure how I’d be feeling) but I did have a ticket for a river cruise.
We split up and I went on my way to do my river cruise.
The river cruise was a good opportunity to take pictures of the French scenery.
The boat was pretty crowded but I got a good seat at the front.
I think they needed to organise the cruise a bit better. When we were all boarding everyone was pushing and shoving trying to get on. There was no lines or anything for people to board in a ‘mannerly fashion’ so it was basically just shove until you got to the front.
I listened to my iPod the whole time and looked at the sights around me while taking pictures on my phone.
They did have information about all the bridges we passed over from an audio loud speaker but it played in French, then English, then Mandarin and repeated it with every single sight that I couldn’t be bothered listening anymore.
(Me and my beautiful boat hair)
The ride went for about 45 minutes so when it was finished we all pushed each other off and I headed off to buy myself a magnet for my souvenir collection.
I found one from one of the many souvenir shops that Paris had then went and sat down at a cafe and ordered a hot chocolate.
I thought being in Paris they’d do amazing hot chocolates but I was actually a bit disappointed with mine. It just tasted more like hot chocolate-y water than anything else.
Oh well, It was nice to just sit in the sun and people watch.
I felt slightly peckish after my drink so went down the road and came across this cute bakery where I got myself a raspberry filled donut thing.
It looked like a donut but it didn’t really taste like one…
So I’m not sure if that’s actually what it was.
It was nice anyways!
I must look weird eating all this sugary food walking around in my gym gear all the time haha.
I’m case you’re wondering, I only have gym pants and 1x pair of jeans in my suitcase with me – hence why I wear a lot of the same outfits throughout my blog.
Everything else I packed are dresses or shorts and Paris was just way too cold to be wearing them.
I was getting pretty tired and knew the girls would still be on their bike tour so I headed over to one of the grassy areas next to the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately my iPod had run out of battery so I lay down with my handbag as my pillow in the grass and listened to silence from my earphones.
There’s lots of guys at the Eiffel Tower selling souvenirs and they come up to you like every 2 minutes so the headphones in the ears is a good way to act like you’re busy/can’t hear them.
I think I actually dozed in and out of sleep because the time went by really fast and before I knew it it was 6.30pm.
I messaged Kelly and met up with them underneath the Eiffel Tower so we could go and find out Top deck group and have our Top deck provided picnic.
Our tour guide wasn’t very clear with where to meet so we walked around for a few minutes trying to find the rest of the group and eventually did a short walk awhile from the Eiffel Tower.
Our tour guide and bus driver had set up a cold picnic of chicken drumstick things, salads, crackers and cheese, potato salad and some macaroons and pie slices.
It was all good to eat but I was kind of feeling like some hot food by this stage.
Being in Paris you can actually get over eating breads and cheeses believe it or not.
When we’d all finished our picnic under (well really near) the Eiffel tower, all the girls went to the coach to get changed into some nicer clothes as we were going to a Cabaret show that night.
It started around 9.30pm so we were driven to the place and as we were early, went to a bar next door for a few drinks.
I didn’t even get a drink, I lined up for the bathroom and by the time I actually ended up going it was time to leave!
The Cabaret was good. If you’ve never been to one, it’s basically a show which has music, singing, dancing or drama and is shown at some type of venue like a restaurant or a night club type place.. The audience, often dining or drinking, does not typically dance but usually sits at tables and it’s all introduced by an MC. It’s often (but not always) oriented towards adult audiences, so we did see lots of boobies from the females dancing around.
Being honest (and everyone else said the same thing) it wasn’t amazing. For €65 it was a bit meh.
We got 3 bottles of wine per table and one of the guys at our table even fell asleep!
Some parts of the show were interesting but I got a bored and it annoyed me how some of the dancers were out of tune with the other dancers.
We left after 11pm and headed back to the hostel.
I went straight to bed! I was knackered! 😴😴
There was some drinks at the bar going on downstairs but I just couldn’t manage another late night.