Waking up knowing that this would be our last full day in Paris was a bit sad. We still had lots to see so we had breakfast early and off we went to catch the Green bus. We would then have to change and catch the Orange bus. We were heading to Luxembourg to visit Jardin Du Luxembourg and the Pantheon.
The green bus runs every 5-10 mins, the Orange bus every 30 mins. If you miss one then you have a very long wait. Our Green bus took us past all the wonderful sights, the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, the beautiful Seine River. I took many more photos, I love my camera as i can see the view and take the pictures. Should see how many I took of the Eiffel Tower as we passed it and the Place Due Trocadero. I think I had accidentally put it on auto click, hundreds of them
I like this one though, not taken from the Trocadero but from the usual stop off for great pictures of the wonderful Tower.
We arrived at the Esplanade des Invalides to change onto the Orange bus. We didn’t have long to wait. Up along the Boulevard St Germain to our stop no 31 Luxembourg.
We went straight for the gardens.
Wow, such a beautiful garden so much to see. Strolling through the gardens we felt the peace.
One day we 3 will sit in these gardens and ponder life mysteries.
These gardens are amazing. If you get the chance do go and visit them. Have an ice cream, sit and watch the people walk by. Or watch the family’s play with their little boats on the water.
We then walked up to the Pantheon to have a look then we would have some lunch at the one of the many cafes leading from the Pantheon to the gardens.
The Pantheon is in the Latin Quarter of Paris France. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, modelled after the Pantheon in Rome, but after many changes now combines liturgical – public worship – functions with its role as a famous burial-place. The Pantheon – Latin from the Greek Pantheon means Every God. Victor Hugo, Louis Braille, Pierre Curie, Marie Curie and Alexandre Dumas to name a few. They are in the crypts and we didn’t go down to them. I now wish we had. Next time. You always leave something to do for your next visit!
There was an exhibition of The Monuments to the Dead of the Great War 1914-1918. This ran until September 2016. This is to commemorate the French who died in the First World War. Photos of memorials in each village, either the town square or the railway station they can be found in over 36,000 French localities. Lists of names engraved in stone restore an identity to the 1,350,000 Frenchmen who died or went missing on battlefields or in trenches. May they Rest in Peace.
The above picture inside the Pantheon is Foucault’s Pendulum. It is a simple device to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. This was developed in 1851 by the French Physicist Leon Foucault.
Lunch I had the snails, took a while to learn how to get those tasty morsels out. It was so delicious. My sisters didn’t want to have a taste. Good more for me 🙂
The Orange bus wasnt as frequent so we might have a bit of a wait. We found the stop and didn’t have long to wait. Bonus! Then we got to our change stop. Didn’t have to wait long for the Green bus. Off we go. Suddenly, there is an announcement that everyone had to get off the bus. Why? No explanation at all. So a full bus of tourists all get off the bus. Only to find a huge line up of tourists waiting for a bus. What on earth was going on. The bus driver had not told us why we had to get off the bus. He just said or gesticulated that another bus will be along shortly. Several busses stopped and the mother of the family we were standing next to went up to the driver of one of the busses and asked what was going on. All he said to her was that another bus would be coming soon. Waiting, waiting, so we struck up a conversation with the family. They were from Germany.
It was weird as the green bus was so frequent! Bus after bus came past, some were ours, but not the right color! We all laughed when a bike came past for L’Open tours, was this our “bus”. Eventually, after about an hour, our bus came around the corner. We all cheered!
We 3 decided when we saw familiar territory we would get off and have a coffee/wine/bottle and then get a taxi back to the hotel.
Our taxi back to the hotel was only about $12 euros, he had to go a slightly different way back as some of the streets were closed due to the President being home that day. He could have asked us in for a glass of wine, some fromage!
What a day! So jam-packed and we were going to do more once we were refreshed. Instead of going right and right to the Champs de Elysis we would be brazen and go left and check out the “little park” that our tour director told us about when we first arrived in Paris.