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    Paris: Notre Dame, Lock Bridge, and More!

    Spring Break Day Three: Our last day in Paris
    We packed in the sights again on our last day. Fortunately, the skies were clear! It made a HUGE difference in getting around town.

    First stop: Notre Dame during the morning this time. I was a little skeptical about seeing it again. When we saw Notre Dame our first night, we walked right in the doors. This time there was a long line out front. However, the line moved really quickly, and it was so worth seeing the stained glass windows during the day time. They were stunning.

     

    Notre Dame

     

    Notre Dame gargoyles

     

    Notre Dame Entry

     

    Notre Dame chandeliers and windows

     

    Notre Dame window

     

    Notre Dame stained glass

     

    Notre Dame candles

     

    Even though it was on our list of things to see, we didn’t realize the lock bridge was right behind Notre Dame! We ran into it on accident. We did not leave our own lock. We contemplated writing on someone else’s lock, but it just didn’t feel right. Oh well! We ran into a wedding shoot while we were there.

     

    Lock bridge with Notre Dame in back

     

    Lock Bridge in Paris

     

    Paris lock bridge

     

    Wedding at lock bridge

     

    After that, we hopped on the metro to see the Eiffel again:

     

    Us with the Eiffel Tower

     

    Next, we took the metro to see the Moulin Rouge. It was in a sketchy part of town. We got off the metro, took a photo, then got back on the metro. We went back across town to get some dinner.

     

    Moulin Rouge

     

    We ate an incredible cheese fondue and followed it up with crème brûlée. And since we had never had them before, we stopped in a shop for some macaroons. (Chocolate was our favorite. It was like a brownie!)

     

    Macaroons

     

    We had hoped to find a cheap river cruise to take us back over by the Eiffel, but none were to be had.

     

    Paris river at night

     

    So it was back on the metro to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. Did you know it twinkles on the hour? That was a fun surprise.

     

    Eiffel Tower at night

     

    Eiffel Tower twinkling

     

    Looking back on the day, I still can’t believe how much we saw. We really made the most of our time in the City of Light!

    We left France early the next morning for Italy. Next up – Venice!

     

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    SB14: Ljubljana, Slovenia

    After our afternoon in Bled, we drove 35 miles south to the capital city of Ljubljana. (One of my Slovakian students who lived in Slovenia for a while attempted to teach me how to say it: “Layub-laya-na.”)

    Where we stayed
    We stayed one night at Hostel Tivoli and highly recommend it. It wasn’t a very big hostel, but it was super affordable, modern, and in a great location. (With a towel rental and free breakfast, it cost €11 per person a night.) We were in the 8-person room. It worked great for our group of six, and there was one other lady in the room with us. The room was really tall and the bunks stacked three high. There were individual storage drawers with keys and the hostel was very, very clean. (One of the cleanest I’ve seen in a while!)

    Where we ate
    After we settled into the hostel, we walked to the downtown area for dinner. It was around 8pm and we had issues finding a place that was open. We finally came across Vodnikov Hram. It was near closing time, but they let us in anyways. The food was so, so good. They had tasty soups and an awesome cheese plate. David got a beef medallion dish and I got pasta. One of our friends had these amazing pumpkin puree rolls.

    The next morning (David’s birthday!), we walked back to the downtown area. We really loved this city:

     

    Circle art

     

    Round bench

     

    Old door

     

    Ljubljana

     

    Everything felt so relaxed here. Our group split up for the morning and we all did our own thing. David and I found a cafe along the canal and had a cup of coffee.

     

    Ljubljana canal

     

    Ljubljana Lock bridge

     

    Ljubljana cafes

     

    We poked our heads into a few shops and browsed the outdoor markets. Spring was in full bloom!

     

    Tulips

     

    After some shopping, we found a grocery store, grabbed a few goodies, and found a spot to sit in the park.

     

    Ljubljana Park

     

    Some cheese, crackers, prochutio, and chocolate made for a great birthday snack!

     

    Snack in the park

     

    Birthday snack in the park

     

    After our morning in Ljubljana, we drove to Škocjan Caves Park!

     

    Here’s a recap of the trip:
    » Day 1 & 2: Zagreb, Croatia
    » Day 3: Bled, Slovenia
    » Day 4: Ljubjlana, Slovenia
    » Day 4: Škocjan Caves Park, Slovenia
    » Day 5: Krk, Croatia
    » Day 6: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
    » Day 7: Split, Croatia