Note: I wrote this blog post on a plane using cellular technology. I love this kind of stuff. You can be connected any where and any time now. The world will never be the same. (for the better of course!)
After the Louvre we took a bus again to the Montmartre area and began walking the streets again. We stopped at just about anything that looked interesting, which in this area can be quite a lot. We finally meandered over to the Funicular (spelling?) so that we could ride it to the top to visit the Basilica at Sacre Coeur. It sits on the highest point in Paris and you can see for miles around.
Once at the top, we were amazed at how peaceful this place felt even though there were hundreds of people milling around and musicians playing. It felt sacred and we sat on the steps of the Basilica and soaked it all in. I love to “people watch” and this was a good place to do that as there were people from all over the world here.
We went inside the church and walked around while listening to the nuns sing. The sound quality was incredible and the church was beautiful. The peaceful feeling continued inside. After a short stay in the church we went outside and listened to a musician playing some Bob Marley.
Strolling around the streets near Sacre Coeur is a lot of fun. There are a number of great places to eat, lots of art, lots of interesting people and many places to relax and have good conversation with friends. After a nice glass of wine and a crepe (fromage and jambon) we continued walking around the area until it was late. We were somewhat subdued during the train ride back to the hotel mostly because we had done a lot today and it was the last night in Paris.
As stated in earlier posts, departures can be challenging whether they be from friends or places, but the memories never leave.
The adventure continues!