Day 5: Notre-Dame, Fête de la Musique!

Hey, everyone!  Today’s post is gonna be super short because I don’t really have time today to edit all my photos and the videos I took today.

But, basically went walking around le quartier latin today.  I first went to le cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Like any other cathedral, lots of walking and photo taking.  I did get chance to use my Canon 50mm 1.4 though.  Honestly, its pretty hard to shoot with on a crop body camera.  I gotta stand pretty far back for even a small object.  But, I did manage to get some shots I really liked.  I did end up spending too much time inside the cathedral and didn’t have time to check out the crypts of Notre-Dame.  I’ll have to do that tomorrow!  After the cathedral, I ended up walking all over the place in le quartier Latin.  Today was le Fête de la Musique! Its a day where there’s random bands or groups sing or play music all over the city! Even on my way home there were groups of people everywhere listening to someone, or even dancing on the street. Mind you there were some crazies.  You’ll know what I mean when you see my videos.

Tomorrow, I’m hoping to hit the Eiffel Tower, Crypts, and Le Louvre again for the Nocture exhibit, whatever that is.  But, means that Le Louvre is open much later than usual.  I think until 10PM instead of closing at 6PM.  Anyway, until tomorrow! I’ll hopefully have time to do it then! Ciao!

UPDATE: Here are the photos from day 5!

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Day 3: Paris, Explore Rue de Rivoli

Today was the first day I walked into the city centre. It’s still Sunday so I had to make my way there with regular tickets. I did buy my Navigo Week Card. It’s basically the same as a Metro Pass, unlimited travel for a set amount of time. The weather today was pretty miserable. Overcast all day long, so the photos didn’t really come out the way I wanted, but they’ll have to do.

Walking towards my bus I saw the funniest thing.  I saw a father smoking weed in front of his, probably, 3 year old.  Let’s not forget, smoking weed in France is a pretty serious crime.  Not like its neighbours.  I actually read an article in Le Monde, a French newspaper, that was talking about how the government takes it too seriously.  Then on the bus I saw this lady who dressed her son in a suit matching her blazer and dress.  I wish I could’ve taken a photo of this but it’d be too weird.

SWAT Gear

My original plan was to go to Le Louvre but for some reason my bus 76, decided to change its last stop to Bastille mid way through the ride; close to Rue de Rivoli. So, that was a ticket wasted.  But, whatever, I decided to walk around the area.  The area is actually one of the tourist areas.  There’s even signs that say, “End of Tourist Zone”.  I thought to myself, “Heck, I can walk to Le Louvre from here.” I tried, but then got distracted by like every building in the area.  Then there was this area that was filled with police in full SWAT gear.  They were guarding some protest that was going on.

After wandering for a while I decided to grab a bite to eat.Crèpe Avec Poulet & Fromage I was so tempted to eat McDonalds lol They have this McWrap, that has chicken and bacon, and they’re huge! Not like the tiny ones in Toronto.  But, I ended up eating at this, I think, Egyptian restaurant.  They made this thing that looks like a crèpe but inside it has chicken, cheese, and egg.Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Tasted pretty amazing.  They even give you different dips, so every bite is a bit different.  It’s pretty similar to a quesadilla.  Oh, for a drink, of course I got Starbucks! But, so bad.  The Starbucks ran out of the white plastic tops, so they gave me a frap top instead.

After eating I decided to get some cash from HSBC.  But, crap! It won’t let me withdraw that much cash.  The most I could get was 60€. Something is definitely wrong.  I was told $400 CAD was the max.  I’ll have to go into a branch tomorrow morning and see if I can get some extra cash.  Definitely can’t be walking around with only 60€ in my pocket.  I’d be screwed.

WC Sign Public WCThere was the one other cool thing I wanted to mention! Look for WC signs while in Paris. Of course, most of you know WC stands for “Water Closet” aka the washroom.  I swear, their public outhouses here are so cool. It’s like going into a Star Trek elevator!  If I find it again, maybe I’ll film a bit.  Actually when I took the photo of it, there was this family filming it, and people were giving them looks.

Here are some other photos I took today.  Mostly photos of buildings I thought were pretty interesting.

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