August 15th 2015
Today I’m still in Paris, it’s day two of my Interrail summer trip.
We did the pretty bits today, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and we were going to go up the Eiffel Tower but we were far too tired.
What’s great about Paris is that everything we did today was free for EU residents between 16-25. So we didn’t have to pay for anything today.
So we got into the Louvre for free, and we took a self guided tour rather than paying €5 for an audio guide that was actually a Nintendo 3DS which looked pretty cool. To be honest, we only wanted to see the Mona Lisa, and the only other things we did see were things we walked past when either on the way to the Mona Lisa or when lost and trying to find the Mona Lisa.
Honestly, I’m glad I saw it but I don’t really know what the fuss is about. It’s tiny, and pretty unimpressive (no offence Mr Da Vinci (I think)) compared to some of the other massive paintings we walked by. But everyone, like we did, flocks to it. Just because of its name. And it’s fame.
You wait in that crowd and then you see it. And then you walk away. It didn’t change my life.
Notre Dame was beautiful, there was a live mass being performed when we went in there that I’m sure I would’ve appreciated more if I was even slightly religious, to be honest, I didn’t even know it still operated as a church.
What I really loved today was the Arc de Triomphe. The views from the top were staggering. Around what is technically a roundabout are these twelve roads, all leading away from the Arc. It almost felt like a clock with its twelve hours/streets.
The ’roundabout’ itself was chaos, looking down on it it seemed like there was going to be a crash any minute. There were no lanes, no order, no method in the madness. Everyone kinda just put their foot down and hoped to come out of the other side.
We’d planned to end the day with a night trip up the Eiffel Tower, but after walking from Notre Dame all the way to the Eiffel Tower via the Louvre and the Arc de Triompe, we sacked that idea and went home to bed.
For a video version of today’s blog, click here.
Until tomorrow, there is method in the madness.