Monday, July 9, 2018
European Grand Tour Trekkers Do Paris by Foot (and Metro)
Today we woke up in the 3 Ducks Hostel and helped ourselves to the complimentary breakfast they provided of croissants, bread rolls, and juice. After we finished we took the metro to a square where our walking tour of Paris started. It was called the Sandeman Tour, and it was amazing. Our tour guide Oliver, an entertaining and enthusiastic British man, told us a lot about Paris. Watching out for pickpocketers to explaining the history of Napoleon Bonaparte, he was telling us about it through his belt-mounted speaker. After the tour finished, we bought lunch at a grocery store and ate it outside the Louvre. Feeling full, we decided to go explore a train station that had been converted into a museum: the Musee d’Orsay. A few hours later we emerged footsore and sleepy, so we went to a park right near the Notre Dame and took a quick snooze. That lifted everyone’s spirits and we made our way back to the hostel and had a filling dinner of ramen with chicken, carrots, and onions while watching the Iowa 300 Indy Car race on TV.