I couldn’t get enough of all the angles and details in all that stone.
It is said that after he was martyred (beheaded), he picked up his head and walked six miles while giving a sermon about repentance.
I love Rick Steves and all the little tid-bits he put into our Paris guide book so we could learn little details like that. That book was like our little travel bible over there in France.
We walked around to see the flying buttresses in the back (loved studying those in art history at Boston University), but first ran into “grumpy tourist.”
As we maneuvered our way through the city it was pretty crazy to see the amount of flooding from the Seine River. (We were there literally the day it stopped raining so it was pretty crazy.)
It was on the Eiffel Tower. Yes, that thing we saw the night before, but hey, at least we got to wrap it up with the report 🙂
We went in and admired the beauty of the macaroons at Laduree:
And made it to the ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Get ready for it….
There we go:
Lucy tried to join in for the “grumpy tourist” this time but couldn’t quite wipe her smile off in her favorite city 🙂
The “middles” and I took the stairs to see the view from the top:
(Elle had been up before but these girls were bright-eyed and excited to see the view.)
It was so gorgeous up there.
While we were up there Elle and Dave stayed below to talk about that beautiful spot…
…and also to prep Lucy for the MUSEE D’ORSAY museum which was next.
We maneuvered our way over there…
…got a little lost along the way…
…and marched right up to that great museum only to find that it was CLOSED due to the flooding.
Insert head drop right here. Ha!
So, since Dave was pretty determined to get there, (and I LOVE that he was), we decided we’d just add it to our already stacked agenda the next day. It was gonna be an adventure!
Let’s take a minute and talk about public transportation in France because it was awesome and so easy to maneuver (except the next day when we hit the portion that was closed because of the flooding…but more about that later).
By the time we left we knew that metro system pretty darn well.
We headed up to the Montmartre area of town to visit the basilica of SACRE COEUR in all it’s glory.
Montmartre is the highest part of Paris which makes Sacre Coeur stand out even more.
This building was completed in 1914 but it looks much older, and it is so dang pretty.
“Sacre Coeur” means “Sacred Heart” in French which is meant to reference the heart of Jesus and his “divine love for humanity” which is pretty beautiful itself.
The light was coming through like this when we were there.
My mom likes to call those streams of light “angel slides.”
The view of the city from up there was breathtaking.
And the lawn in front was such a perfect spot for lounging and taking in all that beauty.
…and also for taste-testing our French macaroons we had picked up near the Musee D’Orsay.
After soaking in that gorgeous evening up there we headed back to our apartment, stopping first at this little French grocery store so we could get some things to make dinner.
Lucy worked on her autobiography back at the apartment.
We had a little family dinner…
…and played cards and got some sleep so that we could hit a very full day bright and early the next morning. Isn’t that just the best little apartment? We loved it.
Shoot I thought I was going to get through all of Paris today but more will have to come later.