Day 7 – Paris April 21, 2015 – Eiffel Tower, Le Saint Chapelle & Canal

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Hi Everyone sorry I haven’t been blogging this past weekend my parents were in town and it’s been a bit stressful.  My husband and I have also started house hunting!  So that’s exciting and frustrating all on it’s own! So to escape all the stress lets go back on vacation to Paris!

On this beautiful sunny day we walked up the EIFFEL TOWER! ya!  I know, you must think we’re crazy to walk up the tower!  However, it wasn’t so bad.  It’s approximately 330 steps to the first level and another 330 to the second level.  We didn’t actually go to the very top because the view would be the same and you had to pay extra to take the elevator up.  Not only do you save money by taking the stairs, you get in some bonus fitness points too!

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About to cross the bridge to go to Eiffel tower.

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and to think they wanted to demolish this after the world fair.  I’m glad they fought to keep it. Then it turned into a radio tower for the war…now it’s one of the worlds most visited sites.  Amazing.

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the start of the climb!

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we made it!! Level one!

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They had a glass floor… it was very nerve racking standing here to take this photo, Kent’s a bit scared of heights so he wasn’t able to stand with me…nor did he like standing too close to the edge to look out.

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first level had a lot of the wires, but i just stuck my lens through a whole and snapped photos! AMAZING VIEWS!

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 up up up….to the second level we go!  still a good view of my husband..ha!

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Yes…they really did have this painted on the floor of the second level….

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So I got a kiss on the head lol

I don’t have words for what we saw….just beautiful and stunning views all around… i’m not the best photographer, but looking back at these photos takes me right back there staring out at Paris as a breeze blows around me… Can’t help but smile 🙂

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Since we walked up the Eiffel tower, we had to walk all the way back down….but that’s ok…more steps…to see more beautiful amazing stunning things today!  Today was a day of walking and beauty!  Next stop…Le Saint Chapelle

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Entrance to the church…

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Up the narrow spiral staircase to see the amazing stain glass!

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My photos just cannot do this room justice.  It was definitely majestic.  Each pane of glass told a storey (The Bible)

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Just impossible to capture the beauty…

Next up….Notre Dame again! lol We actually went inside this time and it’s a massive church.  I’m pretty sure I went inside this church when I was 14 and with my parents too.  It seems very familiar to me.

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 It’s a massive church and by this time it was mid afternoon and we still had to visit a cemetery….Pere Lachaise Cemetery to be exact. I didn’t take any photos because I feel disrespectful taking photos of peoples graves…or maybe that’s my excuse because it’s also very creepy taking photos of tombs…  Since the cemetery wasn’t too far away from BelleVille we walked the 20 mins over and up the hill to the top of the park in the neighbourhood to soak in the views and grab a drink.

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It was so busy at this pub/restaurant/cafe? that we ended up sitting inside because we were to tired and just wanted a drink.  Actually, we’re probably the only tourists in the area. We felt so out of place, and obviously we didn’t know what to do, nor spoke french. At least the waitress was somewhat nice and finally served us.

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After drinks, we were starving and since that other place wasn’t going to serve food, or at least not during rush hour, we had to go find other sources, so back down the hill we went… I’m glad we walked through Belleville because it’s not the charming beautiful Paris that the world sees.  It’s the everyday people,the hustle and bustle, the unglamorous life of Paris, with modern buildings, they exist!  I snapped a pick of Kent walking down one of the main streets, but it was quite busy, and even though it wasn’t THE chinatown, it reminded me a lot of the Chinatown back home in Vancouver, minus the transient people.

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Our Bike Tour Guide also told us about his pizza place by the Canal where you order, get a ballon, find a seat by the canal and they will deliver.  But it wasn’t that busy, so Kent and I just waited for our pizza then went to find a seat along the Canal St. Martin…

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Yum smoked salmon pizza!! it was delicious! and super fun to sit along the canal with all the other young hip Parisians!

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Tomorrow is our last day…. I’m sad again just thinking about it…. Until then!

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