There’s always something new and wonderful to see in Paris. Wondering around, we took the funiculaire to the top of the hill to enjoy the views, the inside and outside of Basilica Sacre Coeur. There was a fair or a street market nearby, with some funny exhibits like the smiling pig. Walking on to Monmartre with its many shops, shady corners, the artists pursuing potential clients, we stumbled on a tiny chocolate museum cum shop: one can stare at the incredible chocolate creations and also buy whatever sweets are on sale. The ship model and the very lifelike Notre-Dame are the main attractions, there are so many visitors around, it was hard to snap a picture. Paris is huge; in May, everything blooms. There are so many gardens, parks, green squares, flowering bushes among the lovely buildings, and plenty of benches to relax on. When we arrived to Gare du Nord, we walked to Art Hotel Lafayette, which is about five minutes away from the train station. It is nice and clean, a step away from Rue Lafayette and many famous attractions. There are additional safety measures in the hotel. Breakfast is good; they offer free reliable Wi-Fi. The rooms are clean and quite spacious. After a brief period of R&R, we retraced our steps back to the Gare, and settled in La Maison Blanche, a nice restaurant which offers a good menu, fast service and affordable prices. Our business took us to Gare St. Lazare, where we saw a fascinating construction made entirely of clocks. Indeed, once in Paris, all you need to do is wander around, and the unexpected will greet you at every corner.
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