So our second day in the beautiful city of Paris, we got up early and hopped on to the metro to Saint-Michel to queue for what we were about to find out to be the longest time of our lives!
We queued up to get into the Notre Dame to look at it's beautiful interior and stunning stain glass windows, and thinking we could pay for our entry for the 400 steps up to the tower inside the cathedral... but OH NOOO! You have to leave the cathedral and go round to the left hand side of the building to queue up again! We were literally standing out of the sun in the cold, chilly back street for over TWO hours.
It was (in my opinion, not Sebastian's!!!) one hundred percent worth it, if not just for the wonderful views. The queue, and super narrow spiraling staircase was worth checking out the gargoyles and chimeras as well as the Parisian views.
^ Look at this darling view!
After trying to convince Sebastian the queues were worth it and him still not 100% we decided to go and find the Musée de la Chasse et de la nature.
But then I found a carousel and well... you know!
On the way to the Musée de la Chasse et de la nature, we went looking for an amazing pâtisserie that my Herb Lester map recommended, Pain de Sucre on Rue de Rambuteau.
Pastel coloured macarons were piled high in the window with glass buckets filled with freshly cut Marshmallows. There were coconut mallow cakes with a pansy garnish that I so wanted to purchase. Oh and a fruit yoghurt compote with nuts and edible flowers, chocolate gateaux slices.... and so much more beauty for your eyes to feast over.ée, I chose a fresh Rhubarb and Rosewater marshmallow cube, dusted like Turkish Delight. It was sooo good. If only it was accompanied by a cup of English tea. That... would have been pure perfection.
After sitting down and savouring the delicious sweet treat and watching the world go by we decided to get back on track and find this museum. We didn't have too far to walk, much to Sebastian's delight!
Finally Sebastian had found his Musée of choice! A museum of hunting and nature. We came across a stuffed Polar Bear, a beautiful Stag, and a queue of delightful, stunning creatures.
There was even a Unicorn horn (honestly! That's what it said, perhaps it was more like a Narwhal?!) and a ceiling covered in creepy owl faces and silky soft feathers! How crazy?!
There was a room dedicated to pups, paintings and rifles! There were fancy floral chairs with dried thistles sitting upon them (to avoid bottoms perhaps?) and a stuffed fox (to scare them away?) and dreamy chandeliers.
Oh to move in would be but a dream come true!
I think Sebastian was finally ok with how we spent our morning. Seeing Napoleon's gun collection and posing with stuffed gorillas and polar bears more than made up for it. Phew.
wasted spent an hour trying to find a tea shop, which my map reading skills failed me to find and I then felt awful that I was dragging Sebastian around, though we did find some pretty special shops and lovely boutiques so not all is lost.
We hopped on the metro and went to this cool-kid hang out/burger joint I read about called Blend and enjoyed a cold cola/beer and a burger with fries. It was so good and finished the day off nicely.
We then decided to top it off we should go and see the the Eiffel Tower in all it's sparkly glory.
Just before the sparkles were due we found ourselves queuing for ice cream. Oh my goodness I could not resist- Parma Violet flavour! Yes! Parma Violet.
We had a wander around the tented market and found ourselves wanting to buy Eiffel Tower shaped brandy bottles and Eiffel Tower shaped candy. Obviously I was enchanted by all this tower treasure- What a perfect tourist I am! We resisted though.
I did however by a large 'rose-gold' metal Eiffel to go with my collection. Well how could I not?!
After appreciating the pretty sparkling of the famous structure we hopped on the metro and headed for the apartment. It was such a lovely evening and we decided to get an early night and watch 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' with our snacks and prepare for our last day.