Sometimes though, you need someone else to give you a push to get up and do something and Leanne was the one who did it for me this time. She came to London for the Fat Quarterly Retreat (more on that later) and suggested a day trip.
So by midday we were here at Sacre-Coeur overlooking Paris spread out below us.
Then we hopped back onto the tube (very easy to manage, just like London) and the next stop took us to here!
What you may be able to see from the picture is the Seine is just in front of the Tower with a little bridge in front. More on that bridge later!
We got a bit closer to the tower but didn't go up inside. Heights aren't my favourite anyway but the queue was wrapping around the bottom and we didn't want to waste the afternoon queueing in the heat. Yes it was very very hot.
Thats were the bridge came in. We were waiting for a river boat but desperately needed some shade, so we hid under the bridge!
The leisurely river cruise showed us more sights including Notre Dame,
but we stayed on until we got the the Louvre. Don't let that sky fool you, it was still roasting hot even though this was about 5pm.
On the left of the picture you can see a series of arches on the lowest level. That's were we had a nice relaxing dinner surrounded by the natives before heading back to the station and home.