08.08.2012 25 °C
We had a quieter day in Paris today starting with the usual breakfast at the hotel then travelled to Montmartre via the underground for a walking tour. It was fairly warm today, about 25 degrees.
The tour went for about an hour covering the history of the area and as its renowned for its having great painters and artist living and working in the area. We saw the area where Van Gogh lived, Picasso worked and lived for a short time and the history of cabaret’s such as Moulin Rouge and Le chat Noir. We also saw two of the remaining windmills that used to cover the hill for milling flour.
From Montmartre we travelled by train to the Latin Quarter, looked at some shops and had lunch at a small café. We walked past the Pantheon to Jardin Des Plantes which is a combined botanical garden and zoo. It was quite a relaxing area, the gardens are different from ours as you can’t walk on the grass, only gravel paths.
We left the gardens and wandered down to the River Seine and walked towards Notre Dame. There were quite a few boats moored to the edge that looked like permanent residence for the owners. A bit further up we stopped and had dinner at a restaurant that slightly overlooked the church. It was a nice outdoor place with a guitar player in one corner and as it was still warm it was nice to be outdoors. After dinner we wound our way through the many lanes and streets alive with lights, restaurants and people back to our hotel.