Paris, France Honeymoon – Day 5 – 7.22.11
October 8, 2011 | Travel Photography
Just like the rest of the days, Day 5 was busy as well. We woke up and headed to the modern art museum Centre Pompidou, only to realize it didn’t open until later on. So we killed time at the Notre Dame, Sainte-Chaphelle and then went back. In the afternoon we went to Cimetière du Père Lachaise. At night, we went to the Eiffel Tower again.
The Pompidou was a cool museum, and one I’ve never seen so interesting on the outside. There was a neat fountain on the side street which we went to in the morning. It looked like something out of a Tim Burton movie. The inside of the museum was okay, basically just modern art. I prefer the classic paintings and art to the modern day stuff. Before going to the Pompidou, we went inside the Notre Dame which looked just like any church. The inside of Saint Chaphelle was more interesting honestly. The glass windows in that were beautiful.
After we had some food and went back to our hotel room to relax, we took the Metro up to Pere Lachaise cemetery. That’s where many famous people are buried like Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Rossini, Chopin, and many others. Trying to find the tombs, and plots is a bit of a challenge. There’s a map you can right down the numbers and try to find it that way. It’s still hard to do that though. At one point, a nice old Frenchman came to our rescue and actually gave us a map and told us where some things with hand gestures and broken English. While walking, we saw the dark clouds coming in and knew we were going to get stuck in the middle of a thunderstorm. Yup, we did. It was a downpour and I was joking with Kristen that we should seek shelter in a tomb or one of those houses. See, I’m not that crazy because a minute down the road several people were doing that! Thankfully the rain didn’t last that long, and we got to see some of the things we came to see.
In the evening, we had one of the best meals at Le Procope. It better be the best meal, it cost us almost 100 dollars. I had beef cheek with potatoes and it was freakin great! I wanted to go take some night shots of the Eiffel Tower so we took the Metro close to the Eiffel Tower and then walked a little bit. Took some photos and hung out there a little bit. We wanted to see the unofficial Princess Di tribute at Pont de l’Alma bridge. I didn’t know where to go from there and it was already late for us, we walked a lot more and headed back to our hotel area via the Metro. Once you get the idea of where the stops are, the Metro is a blessing.
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Tags: 24-70mm f2.8, Centre Pompidou, Chopin, Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Edith Piaf, Eiffel Tower, france, French, graveyard, Jim Morrison, Latin Quarter, museums, night photography, nikon d300, Notre Dame, paris, Rossini, Saint Germain, Sainte-Chaphelle