The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Institut de France, Musée d’Orsay, Assemblee Nationale, Alexandre III bridge, Opera House, Holiday Inn, and Léon

We attempted to get up at 8 am and catch the first classic red Big Bus for sightseeing. We checked out of Hotel Du Louvre and stored our luggage with them for free. We were ready for a day of sightseeing.

Walking towards Big Bus stop

Walking towards Big Bus stop

We walked around Louvre to the bus stop. It was cold and not many people were out and about.

Hotel Du Louvre and The Louvre

Hotel Du Louvre and The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

Walking towards Big Bus stop

Walking towards Big Bus stop

River Seine in early morning fog with Institut de France in the background

River Seine in early morning fog with Institut de France in the background

The Louvre seen from Big Bus stop

The Louvre seen from Big Bus stop

The bus came and it was empty. We were the only tourists on the bus for the most part. I was puzzled that not many tourists were there compared to London.

Paris street view

Paris street view

We got off at Eiffel Tower stop. We were cold and hungry. There’s a vendor lined street once we passed security. We bought 5 Nutella crepes for €25 for breakfast. It tasted good because we were really hungry and the calories warmed us up a little. But it definitely didn’t worth that much.

Crepe

Crepe

Eiffel Tower in fog

Eiffel Tower in fog

Under Eiffel Tower

Under Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower seen behind tree branches

Eiffel Tower seen behind tree branches

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Armed soldiers patrolling at Eiffel Tower

Armed soldiers patrolling at Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower from distance

Eiffel Tower from distance

The French people were proud that Hitler wasn’t able to climb atop the Eiffel Tower to admire it’s beauty during WWII because they cut the lift cables.

Then we got on the boat for Seine River Cruise. We stayed on the first floor to warm up because it’s heated.

View from the boat. Luxor Obelisk seen in the far center

View from the boat. Luxor Obelisk seen in the far center

Approaching The Louvre

Approaching The Louvre

The Louvre seen from the boat

The Louvre seen from the boat

Passing under a bridge to Notre Dame

Passing under a bridge to Notre Dame

Back of Notre Dame

Back of Notre Dame

Institut de France

Institut de France

Musée d'Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

Musée d'Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

Musée d'Orsay up close

Musée d’Orsay up close

Assemblee Nationale

Assemblee Nationale

Alexandre III bridge

Alexandre III bridge

Details of the bronze statue representing the Fame to the fight upholder Pegase

Details of the bronze statue representing the Fame to the fight upholder Pegase

Back to Eiffel Tower

Back to Eiffel Tower

When the cruise was over, we caught the red Big Bus again.

Paris street

Paris street

Le Grand

Le Grand

Académie Nationale de Musique (Opera House)

Académie Nationale de Musique (Opera House)

Side of Académie Nationale de Musique

Side of Académie Nationale de Musique

We got off at the Big Bus information center to catch the blue line bus to see the not so popular side of Paris, the Montmartre area. By this time, there were many tourists. While waiting for the blue bus, we bought three sandwiches for the kids as lunch because the €25 cash we had was only enough for that. Mr. Adventurer and I ate our leftover snacks as lunch.

Le Moulin Rouge

Le Moulin Rouge

We rode in a circle for about an hour and arrived back to where we started, the Big Bus information center. We then walked to Hotel Du Louvre to fetch our luggage. The walk was only 5 minutes.

A water fountain by Hotel Du Louvre

A water fountain by Hotel Du Louvre

Street view from Hotel Du Louvre

Street view from Hotel Du Louvre

We got our luggage, the hotel called a taxi for us to go to the Holiday Inn by Notre Dame. Cost of the fare was €18. Holiday Inn had totally different decor and wasn’t so high end as Hotel Du Louvre.

Holiday Inn eating area

Holiday Inn eating area

Holiday Inn sitting area

Holiday Inn sitting area

Holiday Inn patio

Holiday Inn patio

After checking in and settling in our rooms, we walked around Holiday Inn to look for a restaurant. Finally, we walked into Léon.

Léon

Léon

Decor in Léon

Decor in Léon

Léon menu

Léon menu

We asked for water and the waiter brought us a bottle of limited edition water. The manager sorted things out for us and gave us a wine bottle of free tap water.

Steak

Steak

Fried fish, oyster, and squid combo

Fried fish, oyster, and squid combo

Steak burger

Steak burger

Fries, not chips as in London and Marrakech

Fries, not chips as in London and Marrakech

Fish

Fish

Waffle with Nutella dessert

Waffle with Nutella dessert

Smarties ice cream

Smarties ice cream

Dinner at Léon cost €70.3. The tip was included in the bill again. The food was better and cheaper than what we had last night at Le Thermidor, but I still didn’t think it’s worth that much.

We headed back to Holiday Inn. We stopped at a little Carrefour market to get some groceries, i.e., milk, yogurt, ware, and brioche bread for €18. We also passed a fancy store named Maison Georges Larnicol and bought some French pastries for €15.1. These would be our breakfast for tomorrow.


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