Paris Day 5 – Sacre Coeur and Parc des Buttes Chaumont
My Air France Economy Flight To Paris
Hotel Cardinal Rive Gauche
This was our last day in Paris, and also unfortunately the first we both starting feeling sick. Remember that woman I mentioned who sat next to us on the plane? Yeah, thanks lady. She coughed multiple times in our direction and it worked. Luckily it was just a cold and could have been much worse – but wasn’t much fun even so. We decided since our museum pass was over and we had hit most of the items on our list we were just going to have a relaxing day and only do two things.
We slept in a little and headed to Sacre Coeur around 10 or 11am. It was PACKED. This was the first point on the trip we actually felt a little unsafe. I had read terrible warnings online about scammers and pickpockets and was worried, but didn’t feel like we had encountered much. Within five minutes of being at Sacre Coeur a guy had tried to tie a bracelet on to my friend’s wrist, by forcefully grabbing her. She said no and had to shove him to move away. I had read online that they put the bracelet on then when they are done ask for money. There were also several find the item shuffle games going on in the street.
Sacre Coeur itself was very nice. We took the funicular up the hill since the metro pass covered it (and we had already done tons of stairs by this point!).
It was very pretty inside. Entrance was free, but it was €6 to go up into the dome. If you hadn’t noticed by now I love views, so I climbed 300 more stairs. Yay! The views from the top were nice. I enjoyed it and spent a while up there taking pictures.
While walking back to the metro station we passed a chocolate shop and stopped in. Everything we bought was amazing. They even had a chocolate model of Notre Dame!
We then headed to our last stop. A Park called Parc des Buttes Chaumont. I had looked it up on TripAdvisor and wanted to check it out. We were really glad we went. After the all of the crowds and craziness at Sacre Coeur it was a welcome change of pace. There were tons of Parisians hanging out in the park and having a picnic or relaxing. Seemed to be very few tourists and gorgeous scenery. I really enjoyed it.
We decided to relax a little after the park since we were both sick and headed back to the hotel. We went back out for dinner near the hotel. My friend ordered escargot, and then we both tried a very good chicken dish. I tried the escargot. While it was better than what I’ve had in the past, I’m still not a big fan. We ordered from the fixed price menu (meal + dessert for €16,50 or appetizer + meal + dessert for €20,50). The restaurant seemed fairly fancy and was still very reasonably priced! Overall meals in Paris were not as nearly expensive as I had expected.
Stay tuned for upcoming details on the rest of the trip – three nights in Barcelona!