|Bonjour from the Seine!|
|View of Ile St-Louis from the Seine|
|A tomb at Pere Lachaise|
A bunch of us continued to wander around downtown after our boat ride & we found ourselves back at Place de la Concorde, ending our walk with another stroll through the Tuileries.
|Fountain at Place de la Concorde|
|Thousands of lights sparkling - great way to end a great day!|
|The Code of Hammurabi|
|Basilica of Sacre-Coeur|
|View from the dome at Sacre Coeur, totally worth the climb!|
|Centre Georges Pompidou|
|Behold the glories of modern art|
This weekend, we're able to take advantage of something called "Les Journées du Patrimoine" (Heritage Days), which is a weekend set aside each year by the French government where all state-run museums, offices, monuments, historical sites, etc. are opened up for free for all to come and check out. It's a way for the government to reach out to its citizens and make all its treasures available to everyone, young & old, rich & poor, French citizens & foreigners alike, to ensure that everyone gets a little more cultured. I think it's a great idea and gives everyone the opportunity to check out things that are in their own backyard that they might not normally ever feel like visiting. And of course, it's very popular with penny-pinching students like me! We only averaged a 20 minute wait for each attraction, which is what you might wait on any given day & have to pay on top of it. So it's pretty much a win-win deal!
|In the refectory hall at La Conciergerie|
|Marie-Antoinette's cell, complete with creepy dummy-in-mourning|
|Upper Chapel of Sainte-Chapelle|
And if that isn't enough for one day, we made a last stop at Paris' Hotel de Ville (City Hall), which usually is mostly off-limits to the public. Not today though! The inside of this building was incredible, adorned with so much gold, rows upon rows of chandeliers, and huge paintings on the ceilings. Very impressive!
This weekend of free attractions continues tomorrow and I can't wait to pick some more places to visit!
|One of the many giant halls in L'Hotel de Ville|
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