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Day 8 Sambin - Paris - Bussy (235 Km.)

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(in 205 Km.) Paris: We left the Loire Valley to spend a couple of days at Disneyland, the star of the trip for the kids. We take this day of transition for strolling during a few hours through Paris. As we have little time we must to choose what to visit on a day in Paris and also how we must move. Obviously we start with the symbol of the city, the Eiffel Tower and from there we move with the Batobus, allowing us to get on and off as often as we want on this kind of bus that sails along the Seine.

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Paris of 1889. Its original height was 312.27 meters but the antennas were placed subsequently rose to the current 324 meters. You can climb the tower for one of its elevators or stairs. We do not go up due to lack of time (there is enough queue to upload). The first level is at 57 meters above the ground and has a circular gallery that allows a 360 degree view over Paris. The second level is 115 meters, while the third rises to 275 meters above the ground.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame

We travel along the Seine with the Batobus, passing in front the Musée d´Orsay, until the stop of Notre Dame. The cathedral of Notre Dame is located on the Ile de la Cité surrounded by the waters of the Seine. In the year 1163 began the Gothic work and ended in the first half of the fourteenth century. Highlights its main entrance, with three overlapping floors and two quadrangular towers of 69 meters. We travel on foot to see the nearby buildings of the National Center of Art and Culture Georges Pompidou, which opened in 1977, notable for having into their facades pipes of water, air or electricity, stairs, etc.. painted in bright colors and the Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville)

Centro Pompidou
Centre Pompidou

We take again the batobus from the stop of the Hôtel de Ville until the Louvre stop. The origin of the Louvre is a medieval castle, later transformed into a royal palace. With the transfer of the court at Versailles these buildings became dwellings and deteriorated. Napoleon I was the one who recovered the monument, also building the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, built to celebrate Napoleon's victories of 1805. The last building was the glass pyramid, which allows admission to the museum. Across the Jardin des Tuileries is the Place de la Concorde, where in the nineteenth century was placed the obelisk of Luxor, and two sources with eight statues representing various French cities.

Jardin des Tulleries - Arc du Carrousel and Louvre Pyramid
Jardin des Tulleries - Arc du Carrousel and Louvre Pyramid

We continue with batobus until the stop of Champs Elysees. The batobus stop is near the Alexandre III Bridge, build in 1986. Is chaired by tall columns and statues decorated with gold leaf. It was declared a historical monument in 1975. From here we saw the Hôtel des Invalides, where the golden dome highlights. We passed between the Petit and Grand Palais until we reach the Avenue Champs Elysees that goes from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. The Arc de Triomphe, 50 meters high, was commissioned by Napoleon to honor their soldiers. In the center of its base is the eternal flame to honor the Unknown Soldier. Located on the Place de l´Etoile, is the starting point of twelve avenues (one for each battle of Napoleon). On his walls the are four groups of reliefs and the most renowned of them all is "Departure of the Volunteers of 1792".

Champs Elysees
Champs Elysees

We ended the day at the neighborhood of Montmartre. The Basilica of the Sacré Cour is on the top of the hill and surprising the resplendent whiteness of the building. It started in 1875 and was completed in 1914, being consecrated in 1919. You can climb the church through its long staircase, but it is best to use the funicular. The Church of the Sacred Heart, of Byzantine style, has an ovoid dome of 80 meters, a front facade with triple arch and statues in bronze. Inside of the basilica highlights the crypt. The panoramic views over Paris from the Basilica are spectaculars. We had dinner at one of the many restaurants available in this neighborhood.

(in 30 Km.) Bussy Saint Georges: We slept in this village located near the entrance of Disneyland Paris.


 

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