Paris: 14 November 2009

The final day of my Paris trip, and a relatively manageable number of photos this time!

We start at the Musee du Louvre, which the most visited, and one of the largest, museums in the world. The collection is obviously massive, and covers many eras of human history. The original building began as a fortress in the 12th century and has been expanded and modified several times. The most recent additions are the pyramid structure above ground, which was completed in 1988 and the inverted pyramid, which was completed in 1993.

Just up from the Louvre, is some of the most upmarket shopping in Paris. On Rue Royal is the Ladurée pâtisserie, which has been selling all kinds of delectable delicacies since opening in 1862. Ladurée is where the Macaron was invented. It is one of my favourite pâtisseries in the world, and its creations are to die for.

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is located at the top of Montmartre. Amazing views across Paris can be had from here. The is the route up that many take, which is to walk or take a lift from Anvers Metro station, passing through numerous tourist stalls and street vendors selling ”lucky beads”, or the alternate route which is a fascinating walk from the Red Light district, up through the many artistic, narrow streets and public squares to the top. The latter is, as expected, a much more rewarding choice.

Paris’ red light district is quite small. The area is generally devoid of tourists, except for, of course, the Moulin Rouge.

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