Notre Dame, Luxor Obelisk, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, La Madeleine, Place Vendôme, and The Louvre

After eating French pastries as breakfast, we were ready to go out for another day of sightseeing.

We walked to Notre Dame Big Bus stop which was 5 minutes away.

Notre Dame in the distance

Notre Dame in the distance

Notre Dame closer view

Notre Dame closer view.

Notre Dame and Seine

Notre Dame and River Seine. No Hunchback, not even any visitor.

The street we just walked. The vendors' stalls were still locked

The street we just walked. The vendors’ stalls were still locked

We took some pictures and hopped on the red line Big Bus. We were the only tourists again around 10 am and since the day was so cold with light snow the bus wasn’t even “open top”.

We rode the bus and had some good sightseeings.

Luxor Obelisk

Luxor Obelisk

Champs-Élysées with Arc de Triomphe at the end

Champs-Élysées with Arc de Triomphe at the end

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe didn’t look so grand in the picture, but to give you a sense of scale, Charles Godefroy, a French aviator, flew an airplane passing through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in 1919.

Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées

Les Invalides

Les Invalides

Going towards La Madeleine

Going towards La Madeleine

La Madeleine

La Madeleine

The Vendôme Column at Place Vendôme

The Vendôme Column at Place Vendôme

After about one hour and thirty minutes, we got off at Musee Du Louvre, the main attraction of today. We planned to visit on the first Sunday of the month because it’s free. We were in awe of the buildings.

Musee Du Louvre

Musee Du Louvre

In the courtyard, there were three small pyramids surrounding a big pyramid, designed by I.M. Pei. Musee Du Louvre attracted more visitors ever since the completion of the pyramids in 1989. We took many pictures. Then at the big glass pyramid entrance we learned that it’s closed for New Year’s. What a bummer. We also planned to have lunch there. We walked to the underground food court. All shops were closed as well except Starbucks.

Panoramic view of Musee Du Louvre

Panoramic view of Musee Du Louvre

We walked back to Big Bus stop and hopped on one bus and waited for more than 20 minutes but the bus had no driver and wasn’t going anywhere. Since this stop was also the service station, people went in the office to inquire and got no answer. Finally we saw another bus stopped by this station and everyone got off the bus and got on that bus. This bus didn’t just idling there. We rode back to our Notre Dame stop. Walked closer to it to have a up close view. By this time, Notre Dame was surrounded by visitors.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame Details

Notre Dame Details

There’s a subway nearby and we bought our lunch there for €21.3. We walked back to our hotel and rested for the rest of the day. Adventurer Jr. used this opportunity to catch up on his homework. Dinner was Subway “take away” again for €28.4.


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