In typical French fashion, we started our day last day with a continental French breakfast at probably the smallest street cafe on the East side of the city – a coffee for me, an orange juice for Elaine and two croissants. Then it was time to make the most of what’s left of our trip so we took the metro (the French equivalent of the London Underground) to the Notre Dame de Paris.

The Notre Dame Cathedral is a medieval Catholic cathedral in the heart of the city. It’s widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is among the largest and most well known church buildings in the world. This cathedral is seriously impressive with the great Bourbon bell, two towers that stand 70m high and its well known chimera statues. The building was completed back in 1345 and is still in use today, 671 years later.

While visiting the Notre Dame, I simply couldn’t resist my Hunchback moment

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Our last stop was the Louvre, a central landmark of the city that is located on the right bank of the Seine. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres. The Louvre is the world’s second most visited museum, receiving more than 9.26 million visitors per year. It is also the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

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At 15:00 we had to head back to the UK on the Eurostar but we left a part of our heart in Paris.

Till next time Paris, we’re sure we’ll see you again, soon!