I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! Today was supposed to be rainy, but since it was a French holiday, the Eiffel Tower was one of the only things open; the Louvre and other museums and sights were closed. So we headed there and took a lot of pictures outside, luckily before it started raining! We were going to wait to go up to the second level of the tower (the top was closed), but it was about a 3-4 hour wait and it started pouring, so we decided to go to the Sacre Couer instead and take pictures from the top of that, since it’s on top of a hill in Paris. On our way to the church we passed by the Moulin Rouge, as well as a wall that says “I love you” in almost 150 languages! It then started pouring, so we stopped at a cafe nearby and sat outside (under an awning/heat lamps) to people watch and get lunch. I tried the croque Madame (grilled ham and cheese with a fried egg) with salad. We also all got vin chaud (hot wine), which is red wine heated with sugar, cinnamon, orange, and lemon. Perfect for the cold rainy day!
The Sacre Couer is an old church, situated upon a hill in Paris, so by paying only 6 euro and not having to wait in line, we were able to climb to the top of the dome and see some of the best views in Paris! There were about 300 stairs to climb to the top, and it became progressively tighter, so it was not for the claustrophobic! However, the views from the top were so worth it! The dome goes all the way around in a circle, so you can see the whole city from up there. It was a breathtaking view; pictures don’t do it justice! We then went down and walked inside the church, then headed into the little square nearby to see the works being created by local painters. I bought a watercolor painted by a local man, which I can’t wait to frame and put in my room! We stopped in some souvenir shops, then headed back home to stop by the grocery store; Rachael was cooking dinner for us at our apartment!
Since it was a rainy night it was nice to stay in and relax with some wine and cheese while Rachael prepared dinner, coq au vin (chicken with wine sauce, carrots, onions, and mushrooms). Rachael’s friend Kasey, who she met while abroad but is also teaching as an assistant in Paris right now, came to join us for dinner as well. For dessert we got premade creme brûlée, which just needed to be broiled. Rachael was a master chef and everything was delicious!