Europe tour day 16: Last day in Paris and a bus tour

On our last day in Europe, in Paris, I scheduled for us to attend mass even though it was a Saturday because we wouldn’t be able to attend any Sunday mass once we depart for our flight back home. I also scheduled our bus tour to fill up the time we had left before we had to go to the airport. Since the bus tour’s stop and the airport-bound bus’ stop was the same, it was a good plan. The bus tour is part of our Paris City Pass, so we didn’t have to pay anything. It was a good way to see more parts of the city we haven’t been able to see and also so we didn’t have to lug around our while touring!

Beautiful Sacré-Cœur
Beautiful Sacré-Cœur. Check out those gargoyles!

The Sacré-Cœur was located just up the hill from our accommodation. We just went to the next street and went up the stairs until we reached the top of the hill. It was quite a hard walk up, especially with the thinning cold air, but we made it!

View of the altar inside the Sacré-Cœur
View of the altar inside the Sacré-Cœur

There are ropes in place to keep out tourists from the church-goers so as not to disturb them in prayer or during mass. However, during the mass, one tourist actually went inside the cordon, walked in the middle between pews, and started taking flash photography! It was very disturbing.

Please don’t do that. Keep behind the ropes if you’re just there to take pictures.

It was a surreal feeling as I listened to the mass. Despite all the bustle around us, it still felt so holy. The Sacré-Cœur is so beautiful and still felt so holy to me that I was at peace. Also, it is one of the few Churches in Europe that had a lot of actual mass-goers.

There were so many people touring the Sacré-Cœur that day, so we couldn’t take a photo of the whole Church. But we enjoyed this beautiful view of Paris.

View of Paris from Sacré-Cœur
View of Paris from Sacré-Cœur

We finally went back to our place to make sure all our bags are packed, and off we went! Since we already used up our Paris City Pass’ 2-day transpo pass, we had to buy tickets to the Opera Garnier where the tour bus stop was located.

Taking the bus tour at the last day allowed us to have a more relaxed way of seeing the city. We could just get on and off wherever we wanted and take the next tour bus, but we opted to just stay in our seats and enjoy the view. After 15 days of touring non-stop, we were pretty tired. In the end, we were the only ones left in the bus!

And our bus provided individual headsets (fresh from the pack) that allowed us to hear descriptions of the monuments we were passing by. This gave us more insight of monuments we didn’t see during our Seine River cruise. The bus was a double-decker, and the second level had seats that didn’t have a ceiling so you can fully enjoy the open air. But even with the open seats, there were headset jacks so you can still listen to the narration.

But I suppose the best part of our trip was seeing how Parisians live every day. My favorite is the part where they would hold picnics in the grass or just lay down and make out or be generally affectionate of each other, despite all the tourists passing by. I’m very affectionate myself, so I didn’t mind.

Outside the Louvre
Outside the Louvre
Apparently, Paris has so many bridges that have locks!
Apparently, Paris has so many bridges that have locks!
Paris is quite crowded but still clean! I cannot imagine an empty Paris. :(
Paris is quite crowded but still clean! I cannot imagine an empty Paris. 🙁
The Luxor Obelisk
The Luxor Obelisk
A view of the l'arc de Triomphe featuring my dad's mobile phone
A view of the l’arc de Triomphe featuring my dad’s mobile phone
Bonjour, Eiffel!
Bonjour, Eiffel!
One of my favorite pictures of the Eiffel Tower. It really is such a beaut!
One of my favorite pictures of the Eiffel Tower. It really is such a beaut!
Not sure what building this is, but it's beautiful!
Not sure, but I think this is the Place de l’Opera

After our bus tour, we went down and waited for the Roissy bus to take to the airport. Since we came to Paris from Switzerland, we didn’t know that the trip to the airport takes over an hour. It’s a good thing we left three hours prior our trip!

I passed a very eventful hour in line for the tax refund from a bag I bought in Paris. Let’s just say police were threatened to be called, some people were shoved because of misogyny and racism, and I really pitied the woman who had to keep the tourists in line every day for the refund.

When we were finally thru with that tiring episode, we went to the terminal and found several duty-free stores I had fun browsing. I could not quite wrap my mind around the fact that CDG airport has its own foosball table. However, there was no one to play with so I just kept going back and forth between the two ends. Hehe!

The CDG airport also has its free cellphone dock with a locker so you can leave your phone safely while it charges, as well as several food stores.

I thought my chocolate-eating days were over but no.
I thought my chocolate-eating days on tour were over but no.
Maison Ladurée at the airport
Maison Ladurée at the airport

Let’s just say that between La Maison du Chocolat and Laduree, I barely had francs to buy a bottle of water and a snack.

After less than an hour, it was time to bid goodbye to Paris and our Eurotrip. And one year later, my family and I are still not over the joy of being in Europe and seeing all those beautiful places we used to just read about.

True, we didn’t get to go to all the places in our itinerary. We also didn’t have eat at the fanciest restaurants or have a luxurious vacation. We have had a lot of mishaps (I think one that could have been avoided if we only had mobile data all the time!) but I wouldn’t change a thing about our Eurotrip. It was a mix of seeing the daily life in different European cities as well as being able to visit notable places at every stop.

Have I mentioned the budget per person for our 5-country 16-day trip was only P150,000?

Thank you, Lord, for such a blessing! 🙂

Please don’t grab my photos without permission! All images are unedited except for the watermark I’ve put on them.

Read about my Eurotrip!
Rome day 1-2
Rome day 3
Florence days 4-5
Pisa day 5
Venice day 6
Austria day 7
Munich days 8-9
Zürich days 10-11
Geneva day 12
Paris day 13
Paris day 14 – Touring the Louvre
Paris day 14 – Seine River Cruise
Paris day 14 – The Eiffel Tower
Paris day 15 – Touring Paris

Other links you might find helpful:

Getting ready for Europe  |  Preparing your Schengen visa requirements  |  Booking your hotel and plane fare  |  Filling out the Schengen visa form  |  How to apply to the Italian embassy thru Via  |  Cross-country train travel in Europe

2 Replies to “Europe tour day 16: Last day in Paris and a bus tour”

  1. Nice recount of the Eurotrip. Kudos 🙂

    1. <3 <3 <3 thank you!!!

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