Paris, France – 2nd Day (06.04.12)

We slept like a baby on our first night in Paris. We reached our hotel by 7pm, slept by 8pm (but the sky was still clear and looks like still day time) and woke up by 7am the next day.  A long rest indeed for our next trip in the City of Love.

Our breakfast; croissant, 2 slices of bread, 2 glasses of orange juice & 1 cup of milk would be about 10-15 

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First destination of the day is Notre Dame de Paris, also known asNotre Dame Cathedral or simply Notre Dame, is a Roman Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of ParisFrance.

Take the subway train from Eco Militaire Metro station to St Michael Notre Dame Metro station; 1 trip is 1.70 

Outside the Metro Train station, along Seine river.

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View of Notre Dame Cathedal from the side of Seine river.

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Front view of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe, and the naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.

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Inside of Notre Dame de Paris.  Majority of the tourists have their cameras ready to capture their moments inside this stunning cathedral.  It is sad that this kind of church in Europe has become a tourist attraction and not serving its primary purpose.

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The organ inside Notre Dame de Paris has 7,800 pipes.Image

Closer look of statues carved on the front door of the cathedral

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Different groups of tourists gathering outside of the cathedral

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While on our way to Musée du Louvre, we found this place “La Terrasse” for French Open fanatics.

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Reaching Louvre Palace at the rear entrance near Louvre Rivoli Metro station.

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The fountain at the rear side entrance of Louvre Palace.  Unfortunately, some of the buildings are being renovated.

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Our first glimpse of the Pyramid, a glass pyramid standing over the entrance in the main court, the Cour Napoléon.

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Long line of tourist entering Louvre Museum. Entrance Fee: 15  for adults and free for children < 7 yrs old.

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From inside of The Pyramid

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The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a 2nd century BC marblesculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). Since 1884, it has been prominently displayed at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world.

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Inside one of the galleries at Louvre Museum

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The Mona Lisa is the Louvre’s most popular attraction.  Attest to that is the left side picture of Mona Lisa since everyone is converging at the middle area of the gallery.

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View of Louvre Grand Palace inside of Louvre Museum

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Venus de Milo.  The Venus de Milo was added to the Louvre’s collection during the reign of Louis XVIII.

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Next destination is The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

Took Metro train from Palais Royal-Musee de Louvre to Abbesses Metro train.

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View of whole Paris City from summit of Montmartre.

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One of our achievements is reaching the peak of Sacre-Coeur.  We have to endure in climbing up 300 steps of the Basilica’s narrow staircase.

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View of Eiffel Tower and Paris City from Sacre-Coeur

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Before we call it a day, we saw the beautiful Eiffel Tower in full lights.  We have to wait until 10pm to see it.

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