View from the London Eye

View from the London Eye
Panoramic View from the London Eye

Monday, August 1, 2011

Museum Pass = Best Invention Ever!!!!!!

It is so hard to put into one blog post everything that we did in Paris over the weekend because we were able to do so much!  Angela, one of my classmates, discovered that we could buy a Museum Pass that allowed us access to about 60 museums and cites without having to pay at each location and gained you the ability to skip to the head of the line!  Brilliant!  Best 35 Euros ever spent!

With Museum Pass in hand our Saturday began at Notre Dame!

Notre Dame
I question myself about this idea afterward, but we decided to climb up to the top and using our Museum Pass we were able to go without having to pay.  The view was amazing and worth the trip up all of those stairs!

Panorama view from the top of Notre Dame
Staircase leading down from the tower of Notre Dame
So the going up wasn't actually too was the coming down...hard...that sucked!  Yum, yeah, I fell down the stairs.  Those of you that know me well are not surprised and are probably thinking, "Wow its pretty amazing that we have only heard about her falling twice so far during this trip."  I was doing so well but the stairs won once again.

Roman Bath Remains
Next our Museum Pass took us to the crypt under Notre Dame, which wasn't really a crypt; it was the remains of an ancient Roman bath that the excavators found when they dug under the plaza in front of the cathedral.

Arc de Triomphe
Me on top of the Arc de Triomphe
The final stop on Saturday was the Arc de Triomphe.  The Museum Pass came in handy here as we got to skip the huge line and since I had fallen down the stairs at Notre Dame, we were allowed to ride the elevator up!

Musee D'Orsay
On Sunday we started our day at the Musee D'Orsay, here we viewed works of art by Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir and many more!  We were also able to skip the line here...thank you Museum we were able to get into the museum very quickly and were able to enjoy many of the sections without the hassle of crowds of people.

Our final stop with the Museum Pass was the Palace of Justice.  On one side lies the Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette was held during her time in prison.  On the other side, the chapel Sainte Chapelle.  

Palace of Justice (right - Sainte Chapelle, Left - The Conciergerie)
This floor is all thats left from Marie Antoinette's cell
Upper Chapel of Sainte Chapelle

The Museum Pass was a great investment!  We were able to visit all of these places without having to pay each time AND were able to skip most of the lines!!!  My classmate Jennifer referred to it like a Disney Fast Pass.  I recommend this to anyone traveling to Paris!  We only got the Pass that last two days but they have others that last for 5 days or a week.  Pretty amazing idea, thank you to whoever thought of it!

I concluded my weekend in Paris with, of course...a glass of wine ("vin") and a shout of "Sante" (I got it right that time!). 

Wish you were all here to have a glass with me!

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