We were really enjoying Versailles Palace,but the clock showed that it’s already 2 o clock, from Versailles Palace we rushed back into the station, since we had a meeting with Echa. She is a parisian whom I showed her around Eindhoven 2 months before this journey. That time… It was her time to show us around 🙂
At the Versailles station I found that my train day-ticket was lost. A ticket which can be used travel around Paris using train, usually subway though.Argh… It cost me around 10 euro’s or 120.000 Rupiah since the ticket was for 4 area’s. In Paris, they divide the railway into many areas. Area 1-3 are the inner part of Paris, the rests are the outer ring of Paris. The picture above shows that the lighter color is on the inner part of Paris, and the darker part is the outer part. We were on the outside of the inner ring, and the destination is St.Michel
We went to St-Michel using RER(Réseau Express Régional or “Regional Express Network”), but during the journey suddenly Echa sent me a message that she was gonna be late. So we decided to drop by at Notre Dame, a famous church in Paris built starting from 12th until 14th century. The big gothic church was decorated with ornament, and gargoyle. Then, we entered the church just to see what’s inside it. Inside the church the medieval flavour was really visible, the glass window, the statue of Jeanne d’Arc(Joan of Arc), couple of tombs and some candles.
Then, we walk from Notre-Dame to St.Michel along the Seine River(Joan of Arc was burned, her ashes were thrown away to this river). In the middle of walking, I saw there was some kind of water tap since I was really thirsty, I drank it without any second thought, it taste awful… wait a second…. it wasn’t drinkable water..Different from Netherland where you can drink from any tap, in Paris you can only drink if there is a sign “drinkable” -_-”
After arrived at the meeting point we saw there was a large fountain statue, image of Archangel Michael. While seeing the fountain, we realized there was a black hair girl wearing black autumn coat, yup.. she was Echa… When we met again, actually I never realized we were going to meet again this soon. After a small chat, we headed to another part of Paris, we had a dinner in a restaurant. We talked about our plan in Paris what suppose to be visited, and re-evaluated again our plan. The map which we got from the hostel at that time was full of writing and many notes ( I still keep it til now as memento 😀 ). She also told us where we could buy the cheap souvenir of Paris.
The pleasant dinner time was finished, we took a small walk.. ah.. Paris was really crowded at night, not like Eindhoven, after 18.00 it’s just like a ghost town. We went to Palais Garnier, the biggest opera house in Paris, also walked by the famous mall of Paris, Galeries Lafayette. The sidewalk also full of attraction and lamps…although it is on early november, but christmas came earlier at that city. It was so fun to walk at night, since Paris was not as cold as Eindhoven.
Then its time to call it the night, we went back to the hostel using metro. What we like about metro in Paris is the schedule, it’s only 2-3 minutes before another metro departs, no bus nor train has this tight schedule in Netherland. The metro itself has many lines, to read the metro map you need to be careful if you don’t want to get misdirected.
In hostel we could see that big church stands at the highest point of Paris… No doubt.. after arrived to hostel we went out again.. Tired defeated by curiousity… We headed to Sacré-Cœur, the catholic church which built around 1919. The inner part of the church was more “serious” since not many tourists taking photograph. Outside of the church we could see Paris at night.. it was beautiful…
Satisfied with the view we headed back to the hostel, we thought we could just sleep, but we found a “surprise”. We couldn’t enter our room since the key was not working. We asked to the receptionist, he said that his friends gave us the wrong room, so we need to change -_-” Thank God, the owner of the room were kind, she brought our luggage to the receptionist. What a day… 😀