Day Two

Canal Saint-Martin, Place des Vosges, Pont des Arts, Tour Montparnasse

1st April '14
8.3 miles walked
390 photos taken

After sleeping in a bit late — I actually think I got food poisoning from last night's meal — I decided to explore the Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood in the 10th. I've been wanting to stroll down here ever since seeing the movie Amélie.

Starving, we stumbled upon an tiny creperie called Lulu. I demolished a simple jambon, œuf and emmental crepe. This was quite possibly the best thing I ate on the whole trip.

Place des Vosges

We then walked a few miles through the Saint-Paul/Marais district to eventually find Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris.

Closing out several hours of walking, we swung by the Pont des Arts and Institut de France. The Pont des Arts is known for the thousands of padlocks attached to it. Lovers put locks there and toss the keys into the Seine. This has actually become such a trend across all bridges in Paris that the bridges can't cope with the extra weight.

And of course, I couldn't resist swinging by the Louvre again now that the weather was better than previous days.

Tour Montparnasse

This 689 foot skyscraper is the 14th tallest building in the European Union and has a lovely 56th floor observation deck, a must-visit for any photographer in Paris. We took the metro there at 10:30pm to catch a few shots, including the 11pm Eiffel Tower light show. We stopped at a restaurant called Le Select for a bite before cabbing home at midnight.