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.
We walked around Louvre to the bus stop. It was cold and not many people were out and about.
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.
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.
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.
When the cruise was over, we caught the red Big Bus again.
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.
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.
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.
After checking in and settling in our rooms, we walked around Holiday Inn to look for a restaurant. Finally, we walked into Léon.
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.
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.