Originally we wanted to visit Musée d’Orsay but it was closed on Mondays. So we walked to see Musée de Louvre instead. It was still relatively early in the morning and we thought we would see what the queue situation was like.
Musée de Louvre was actually a palace. It was very large and I remember thinking that it was a waste that I usually only saw the famous pyramid in photos when the place itself was much more grand than that. Upon sight of the extremely long queue outside Musée de Louvre we knew we did not want to waste our day waiting so we did a quick browse of the gift shop and left.
|Musée de Louvre|
Behind Musée de Louvre was Rue de Rivoli, a shopping street. There were many souvenir shops and other stores there. From Rue de Rivoli, we took bus 85 to the Montemarte area and walked to Sacré-Cœur, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. When I saw this structure on TV it looked more steep and a lot bigger but the walk up was not bad at all. You can ride the funicular up if you wish.
Sacré-Cœur offers the highest point in Paris after the Eiffel Tower so you can also come here for a great panoramic view of the city.
Behind the basilica were many artists selling their work or drawing portraits for tourists. I had a delicious soft crepe there.
It was raining in the late afternoon so our last stop of the day was to Galeries Lafayette. It was a huge, multi-building department store including clothing, accessories, and food. The main building featured a beautiful dome overlooking the multiple levels of glittery items.
|Interior of Galeries Lafayette|