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June 14th 2015
Published: June 14th 2015
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View from the queue for the Eiffel tower
After a lovely breakfast in our hotel, we set off to explore Paris, taking the RER to the Eiffel Tower. As was rather predictable on a sunny Saturday in June, the queue was quite long, and by the time we got to the ticket booth they would only sell tickets to the second level. The view was still excellent, and we even braved the glass floor to look over where we'd queued earlier!



From the Eiffel Tower, we strolled around the centre of Paris, past les Invalides, to the Champs Elysees, the Louvre and the Notre Dame. It was very hot and sunny, and we paused several times in different parks, and in le Petit Palais. We ended the day in the Latin Quarter, with a very pleasant three course dinner (including ice cream for dessert, obviously...). After a post-dinner stroll along the Ile de la Cite, we headed back to the hotel with tired feet!



This morning we wandered past lots of closed shops on our way to the Arc de Triomphe - Sunday shopping hasn't caught on in Paris! From there, we walked for while, then caught a bus to the Jardin de
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View from the Eiffel Tower towards the Sacre Coeur
Luxembourg - the bus went past many of the sights we'd seen yesterday, which was quite a lucky find as we were intending to catch the metro before we happened to look where the buses went! After a wander in the park, we heading to the Latin Quarter again for a leisurely lunch (including ice cream) before heading back home on the Eurostar, again on a bus which went right past the front of the Louvre (which has a very ugly red gift shop built next to the pyramid).


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View from the Eiffel Tower towards the Trocadero and la Defense
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Eiffel tower

Eiffel tower
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Les Invalides

Les Invalides
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Louvre

Louvre (cutting out the gift shop)
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Jardin de tuileries
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Notre Dame


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