April 10 2017
The 5th day started out with a Metro ride and short walk over to the Père Lachaise Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Paris and the most visited in the world. We saw the tombs of French singer Edith Pilaf, author Oscar Wilde, composer Frèdèric Chopin, and some hippy named Jim Morrison.
After we had experienced enough outdoor doom and gloom, we walked down to Place de la Bastille and had a coffee at a nearby cafe on the way to the Paris Panthèon, which houses many famous tombs, including Voltaire, Victor Hugo, and Marie Curie with her husband, Pierre Curie. Afterwords, we got some bread and cheese for lunch and had a picnic in the Jardin du Luxembourg, a large park.
After lunch we returned to the Louvre to explore the Ancient Egypt section, which was closed during our first attempt as it is closed every Friday.
We decided to try to fit the Catacombs into the afternoon, but didn’t realise until we arrived that they were closed on Mondays. Instead, we took the Metro one stop further to see the dorms where Dallas stayed with his buddy Jesse Yeager 16 years prior in 2001.
Dinner was at a restaurant near Notre Dame called La Pauve. We had a fantastic French onion soup (which they just call “onion soup”) and steak tartar, which is raw steak chopped up and served with fries. After dinner we shared a bottle of wine back at the hotel.