Can you believe it? I’ve been to Paris quite a few times and never once made it up to Sacre Couer? And really, I don’t know why. It’s a little out of the way, a bit on the outskirts and when I’m there by myself, I like to shop and when I’m with friends who’ve never been they want to see all the typically touristy stuff.
The weekend before last I was in Paris. And I really don’t care how often I go, I really don’t think it will ever get old. It’s such a beautiful, romantic city. And not the kind of lovey-dovey romance (although it can be that too) but the kind that is hard to describe. There’s just a sense about the city that makes it so lovely.
In the past my mom has come with me to help me decorate my house & get used to my city. It’s really a lot of fun to do together. And I need some serious help. I could tell how you get into it though, it was so fun to see a house transform into a home. Anyway – more on that later! She decided to meet me in Paris because, well when is Paris ever a bad idea? I worked it out so I didn’t have my kids for the weekend and hopped on the earliest train available!
I took the train to the center, switched to the metro line that led to my hotel and made my way there. My mom had gotten in earlier that day, and we weren’t sure who’d make it to the hotel first. As I walked up and saw my hotel, my momma popped out! So fun! We left our bags (room wasn’t ready) and headed out for lunch. A little sidewalk cafe was perfect.
I had a ginormous burger and she had a croque monsieur – basically a French version of our ham & cheese sandwich but yummier. After a quick rest we were on our way! I love history and a few years ago read a 600 page biography on Marie Antoinette and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much that I bought another book by the same author about the wives of Henry VIII. So I wanted to see the conciergerie. This is where Marie Antoinette was in jail and spent the last days of her life.
It was closed.
Such. a. bummer.
So we made our way up to Sacre Couer. I had never been and oh what a sight! We didn’t climb the stairs *hangs head in shame* but took the little gondola thingie to the top. A little lazier, but so much easier.
Beautiful, isn’t it? Really breath taking and no pictures would be able to do this view justice. If you’re in Paris and have time, this is a must see! I can’t believe I hadn’t been but definitely glad to mark it off my list.
After Sacre Couer we just strolled around. I took a picture of this beautiful metro stop and then a few days later while walking along the Seine I saw a drawing of it, so I bought it! Isn’t it pretty?
And I can’t leave you without leaving you with a pretty few of the city. When we popped up out of the metro and starting crossing a bridge this is what we saw. Now do you see what I mean by romantic? There is just something about this city.
I have a few more days to share, but I thought I would break them up a bit. You can read how we had to race to make our train ride & ended up taking a taxi home here. Because that’s just how I roll…