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Paris – Day 2

I woke up in Paris for the first time in my life! (Do you see how happy I am to be here?) I had a great breakfast with marmalade and croissants (of course!), then left the hotel for the first destination, Pont Neuf.

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It is the oldest standing bridge on the Seine and has a great view of both sides of the river. We crossed the region Île de la Cité and reached Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris)! Notre Dame started to be built in 1163, but completed in 1345. After that, the cathedral witnessed many events, like the execution of the wolves who caught and ate people in 1450, the wedding ceremony of Scottish queen Mary Stuart in 1558, the coronation of Napoleon in 1804, Victor Hugo’s publishing of “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” in 1831, the consecration of Joan d’Arc in 1920, and the funerals of General Charles de Gaulle in 1970 and François Mitterrand in 1996.

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SONY DSCSome of the best moments of our days in Paris were the breaks we had to get some rest while enjoying our French baguettes! It is so great to have nice cafes all around the city to get delicious food from.

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Jardin du Luxembourg would be a great place to visit after the baguettes, which is the second biggest park in Paris. Time slowed down after we entered the park. People were so relaxed, enjoying their time in the park, reading, eating, and watching other people. It was very peaceful!

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This garden was constructed in 1611 by the order of Marie de’ Medici, since she wanted to have somewhere similar to Pitti Palace in Florence. It is also the place where Marius Pontmercy and Cosette met for the first time in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

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The big pond at the park was full of small sailing boats with the flags of different countries. Kids were renting them for 2 euros per hour and racing them on the pond. It was so nice to watch their joy and competitiveness.

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After the park we took a walk in the region Saint Germain and took a metro to one of the most iconic regions, Montmartre, where the famous Sacré-Cœur is located. This region is up on a hill with a great view of Paris. It is full of art studios, restaurants, and clubs. In the past the studios of many famous painters like Salvador Dalí, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh were located in this region.

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We sat on the stairs of Sacré-Cœur and watched a puppet show at sunset. It was another magical moment in Paris with an amazing view of the city.

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Before we got back to our hotel, we grabbed some food and walked on the Clichy Boulevard of Moulin Rouge. On the way back we felt so accustomed to the city, as if we had been living there forever.

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