Another great way to explore Paris is by taking the Hop on, Hop Off bus tours which we took advantage of our second day in Paris. We took the metro to see the Eiffel Tower and then caught the Hop On, Hop Off bus from there. At first it was really frustrating since the earbuds they gave us kept going in and out, and it was hard to follow along with the pre-recorded tour guide. However, we switched seats and then were incredibly lucky to get a LIVE guide who was charming, sweet and very entertaining. The bus took us around the city as we oohed and aahed at the various sites throughout the city. We were able to get off and back on at any given point, but we opted to stay on for the entire tour since the weather was beautiful, we had a fabulous guide and it was a welcomed rest for my poor leg. Once, again this kind of tour allowed us to have a better understanding of how Paris was laid out.
Finally, my sister pried me off my warmed seat and convinced me to do some more walking. We went up and down steps and turns and finally made it to see the Sainte-Chapelle Gothic style church. The hours we checked both in our guide book and online both said that they would be open until either 5:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. We arrived breathless at 4:00 p.m. with the stores firmly locked and a stoic guard just stating they were closed. The moral of this story? Always assume that everything will open later and close earlier than what they have listed.
Moving along… we took my friend’s solid advice in taking the elevator to the top of the Montparnasse Tower at Sunset. What an incredible 360 degree view of the entire city! It was so beautiful and I was truly awe struck. They also had ice cold draught beer which alleviated some of the pain.