PARIS: The Day Of...
LE 13 NOVEMBRE 2015
We end up sleeping in.....a little more than I usually do on these trips - jet lag is hitting me hard on this one. It's weird to look back on all the typically touristy things we did all throughout this particular Friday the 13th, without an inkling of what would transpire in the city that very night.
Around 11 am we head out and grab a quick breakfast and coffee at Exki, and we're off to Montmartre so I can show the daughter my absolute fave area of Paris.
MONTMARTRE & SACRÉ-COEUR
Getting off at Anvers metro, it's a 5-minute walk up rue de Steinkerque to Place Saint-Pierre. The walk may take a little longer if you're a shopper, this street is lined with boutiques and souvenir shops, and all are extremely reasonably priced.
Croissants....have yet to find one at home that tastes like this!
Gotta get a pic of that iconic Paris metro sign
Into the metro, taking random pics
Is there WiFi?
Souvenirs on rue de Steinkerque
Hmmm.....the biscuits and macaroons here are amazing here
Sacré-Coeur Basilica from Square Louise Michel
On the funicular, on the way up to Sacré-Coeur
My welcoming party at the top
A café on the steep steps of Montmartre Hill
Le Petit Train de Montmartre
Don't know why this is called rue de Chappe, should be rue de steep-a$$ staircase
The views! That's Tour Montparnasse sticking out like a sore thumb
Square Louise Michel from up top
Rue du Chevalier de la Barre > Montmartre
The artists used to stick to hounding tourists at Place du Tertre, but it seems they now roam around and do portrait sketches on the spot
Not sure what this lady is peddling > in front of La Bohême du Tertre
Café - Brasserie > La Mère Catherine
The shops on Rue Norvins
Outside Galerie Butte Montmartre > on Rue des Saules
Hard at work > Place du Tertre
Looking above the cafes > Place du Tertre
Making our way back down
Chez Marie > Rue Gabrielle
A walk down Boulevard de Clichy
Yup - it's that time again!
Along Boulevard de Clichy
Flower place > Boulevard de Clichy
A WALK AROUND PARIS
Where to next? We head to Place de la Concorde, with its obelisk rising into the sky, and the ginormous Grande Roue de Paris (ferris wheel) looming over it. We do the long walk through Jardin de Tuileries to the Louvre, then turn to walk along the River Seine to Pont des Arts to see if I can find the middle child's lock that she put on the bridge when we were here 2 years ago. Seems they removed all the locks from the bridge - a panel falling into the river scared the bejesus out of people. However, people still put locks on the sides of the bridge along the river.
La Grande Roue de Paris
Place de la Concorde
People chilling around the Bassin Octoganal > Jardins de Tuileries
Pyramide du Louvre
Walking along the Seine
Pont des Arts - the locks are gone
Pont des Arts - locks removed and replaced by decorated metal barriers to prevent peeps for putting locks on the bridge again
However, people are still putting them all along the sides of the bridge
Artists along the Seine
Checking out a bookstore
Rue de Buci > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Poisson Bleu Paris | Sacs > Rue de Buci
Palais du Luxembourg
BUTTE-AUX-CAILLES & LA TOUR EIFFEL
We head back towards the apartment, detouring at Place d'Italie and walk back through the cute Chinatown area to see if Xavier wants to join us for dinner. Last year when I was here around this same time in November, Xavier took us to this uber-cool African restaurant, Le Comptoir Générale, just off of Canal Saint Martin in the 10e. This is where I'm thinking to go for dinner tonight....
Tired from walking around all day, we head back to the apartment in the 13e.
Popular area for Parisians, this bar is overflowing
No matter how cold it is, people somehow prefer to dine and drink outside (the heat lamps help!)
What to have dinner?
Eiffel Tower at night
Gorgeous at night!
So yeah.....it's Nutella crepe time again!
WTF IS HAPPENING?
Exiting the metro around 11pm, I turn on my phone to text Xavier that we'll be there in 10-15 min. And my phone is going crazy.....there are 10 missed calls, a zillion text messages, all saying roughly the same thing. My response is the same to all "I have no idea what's happening. Xavier just told us to come back quickly."
Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON
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Keywords: foodies, france, montmartre, paris, paris attacks, sacre-coeur, standby, traveling with a teen, weekend trip
intrepidista via Instagram(non-registered)
Wow cool perspective!
Maya via Twitter(non-registered)
Just read it and got goose bumps all along. Beautiful pics!
Xavier via Facebook(non-registered)
Thanx so much to put words on this expérience we had together
Thank you for the article and lovely pictures!!
I've never been to Paris, but through your pictures, it's really lovely.
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