I am finally getting around to writing about the other half of my Parisian adventure in June. I thought I would hold off for a little bit so I got the joy of reminiscing while I was writing up this post.
The only museum I visited on this trip was the Museé d’Orsay as I had never been in before. The museum itself is beautifully set out and designed for easy wandering, they also have special exhibitions which you can visit. A little tip for visiting museums in Paris and Europe in general; if you are an EU student you actually get free entry into most museums and galleries. This is a massive bonus as then you don’t have to worry about the cost of visiting all the different museums, galleries and sites.
Museé d’Orsay is probably most well known for its beautiful glass clocks. These are located on the very top floor of the museum and not only are they art in their own rights they also provide a spectacular view of Paris. From the main clock you can see all the way to Montmartre, it actually looks directly at the Sacré Couer. I spent a bit of time wandering the museum and looking through the clock windows and just enjoying the place. I actually ended up spending a lot longer in Museé d’Orsay then I had planned as in typical Parisian style it had started pouring with rain. Luckily I was in a beautiful museum that could have kept me captivated for hours.
One of the good things about Paris, is so many of the sites are along the Seine. After the rain had slowed to a drizzle and the sun began fighting to come out again I left Museé d’Orsay and wandered along the Seine all the way to the Eiffel Tower. It was during the soccer World Cup so there was a soccer ball hanging down the middle of the tower which I was in two minds about but regardless it is a breathtaking architectural feat.
Many people who visit Paris walk straight up to the Eiffel Tower and view it from underneath and the Parc du Champ de Mars, which is something I have done in the past with a crepe in hand. This time however I thought I would try something different and headed to the Trocadero gardens which are just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower and provide a spectacular viewing point. Unfortunately while I was there the water feature was being drained but it was still beautiful.
The next place I chose to see the Eiffel Tower from was Pont de Bir-Hakeim which is a bridge that crosses the seine just a bit down from the Toracrdo Gardens and the Eiffel Tower. It provides a different perspective and is usually pretty quiet which makes it easy enough to get a few good photos.
Finally I caught the metro back to my hotel, Le 1er Etagé Opéra for some chill out time. My hotel was gorgeous and it was designed to be almost a BnB they had a mini kitchenette with coffee, juices and snacks and a place to sit and enjoy them. My room was also perfect with the most unbelievably comfortable bed, I slept so well!
After recovering from my long walk I headed to Galeries Lafayette which was just around the corner from my hotel and wandered around the beautiful building. Once inside you should make an effort to look up as there is a beautiful stain glasses roof that is the centrepiece of the building. I also went up to the roof which has a spectacular view over Paris and chairs in which you can sit and enjoy the rooftops.