Next we headed up to Sacre Coeur Basilica, a little sketchier part of Paris, but not as bad as I thought. The Basilica was beautiful and we got there just in time to hear the nuns singing (praying). The best way to walk up to the church is around the side. It is very green and park like. We saw a lovely couple having their wedding pictures taken and lots of great street performers.
After we left the church we went through another church to the left of Sacre Coeur. St. Pierre de Montmartre was built in the 12th century. I think this was my favorite even though it was very small and very plain. There was an amazing life size wood carving of Christ on the cross at the entrance to the little chapel. It was incredible how his hair hung in his face. My Dad, who was a talented woodcarver, would have loved it.
There were lots of artists painting in the square at the top of the hill by the churches. We then walked around Montmartre and saw the place where Vincent Van Gogh lived and the cafe where they filmed, one of my favorite movies, Amelie. We had a hard time finding some other things on our map, but we took the bus back up the hill before we completely collapsed from exhaustion.
Later that evening we saw Monet's Water Lily series at the L'Orangerie museum and then walked thorough the Tuileries Garden, stopped for a snack, and then saw the Louvre. I told the Greek to pick some things to see because you can't see everything, it would take a week. He picked Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa and some other things. I picked Winged Victory, Vermeer, and the Napoleon Apartments. We ran into a few Di Vinci's along the way. We wanted to see the Egyptian wing, but because of remodeling we had a hard time finding it and never actually did. I saw it the last time I was there, but oh well.
That night we had dinner at Auberge de la Reine back on our island. I had Coq au Vin, which I didn't like. But I loved my appetizer, a Provencal Tart. It was more like a salad. The Greek had a giant salad with salmon and he loved it. We meet a great couple from Seattle sitting next to us and talked to them for hours. They are quite the world travelers and were heading to Provence the next day to find a house to rent for their kids and grandkids to stay in with them. Someday I'd liked to do that.
|Marc Chagall's ceiling inside the Opera Garnier theater.|
|Steps to the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur|
|St. Pierre de Montmartre|
|Beautiful woodcarving of Christ.|
|Not a good picture, but I had to show a close up.|
|Van Gogh lived here, I guess?|
|Amelie worked here.|
|Sunset over Paris.|