Saturday, 10 September 2011
I completely played out the tourist while I was in Paris, and went to sightseeing to all the major attractions. The above tower needs no introduction. And finally, after 17 years since my first visit to Paris, I have finally gone up the Eiffel Tower.
I also visited the Notre-Dame, and saw the 750 year old rose window, still magnificent after so many years. We went on a river cruise on the Seine too. We went to the Arc de Triomphe (stair master) at night, and saw the Champs-Élysées from above.
The most memorable experience in Paris was visiting the Sacre-Coeur, at first light. I wanted to get sunrise on top of the hill. The sun didn't emerge from behind the clouds, but I was there, with only one other tourist. I saw the beautiful dome interior, decorated with a huge painting and ornate pillars. A quiet service was held in the back of the church, and I hear a single voice singing out the service. The voice carried throughout the whole church. It was magic. And I took my favourite photo of a sleepy Paris.
I saw this panorama too (click to view a larger version). Bonjour, Paris.
I'm currently somewhere in the Loire valley :)