We woke up to a beautiful, sunny, but cooler day.  The clouds were puffy in the sky, but fall is definitely in the air.  Today would be the day that we would go to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur.  We had used up all the days on our Navigo Decouverte, so we had to go back to the paper tickets, which cost 1 euro each.  We ended up with 9 tickets left for some reason, so we decided we’d go on the Metro, since it was a straight shot from our apartment.  As usual, we made a trip to the boulangerie and picked up some croissants and a wonderful little pastry with bits of chocolate in it.  For some reason we got out a little earlier and it was definitely colder.  We got off at the Auvers metro stop near the funicular, but decided it wasn’t so bad to walk up to the Sacre Coeur.  We took many pictures along the way and even saw a fabulous harp player at the bottom of the top steps.  I did get a video of him and will post it on Facebook, along with several others that I have already posted.  We went inside the church, which was really packed with tourists.  While we were checking out the church, there appeared to be a service going on.  The Sacre Coeur Church was built relatively recently and was to be France’s penance for the evil that the French thought they must have committed.  It is a really sad story about having to eat dogs, cats and even rats to survive.  The Church has a continuous prayer vigil 24 hours a day 365 days a year and has been doing this for many many years.  We walked out of the Church and found one of the oldest churches in Paris — St. Pierre De Montmartre, right around the corner.  This Church was dedicated to St. Denis, who was a bishop that was sentenced to death by the Romans for spreading Christianity.  The Roman soldiers got tired before they reached the summit of Montmartre where he was to be executed and beheaded him before they reached the top.  St. Denis picked up his head and walked another 3 miles with his head in his hands before he dropped dead.  There is a statue on Notre Dame of him on the ediface.  There is a statue of him inside this Church.  We really enjoyed this church and even found the columns that were allegedly brought from a Mercury or Mars temple in Rome.  They are the four darker ones in the Church.  This Church was hard to find as they have scaffolding all over the front of the Church and no signs, except for one that we found after we left the Church.  We started on Rick Steves’ tour, but got sidetracked when we found a little piano bar — really a cafe.  We decided to have lunch before we got too far into our tour.  I had crepes and Bobby had minestrone soup and spaghetti.  He thought he had ordered a pizza.  🙂  The name of the cafe was La Petaudiere Pizzeria/Restaurant and it was right around the corner from the Church, but not really in the touristy area.  The Sacre Coeur Church was jammed and so was the square near the St. Pierre De Montmartre Church. We walked further out and I bought a couple of paintings.  There were artists walking around everywhere with their pads wanting to paint portraits.  We walked some more and ended up in what could only be called the Artist Square.  I have loads of pictures from this area because it was so colorful.  There were artists jammed in small spaces painting and drawing portraits of all sorts of people.  They also had their work displayed.  We walked further out and then somehow ended up on Rick Steves’ tour again.  We found Picasso’s Studio (Le Bateau-Lavoir), but it seemed to be closed.  It was really hard to find and wasn’t advertised at all from the outside.  It faced a small pedestrian square.  If we hadn’t had the book, we would have never known it was there.  No one else did either.  From there we accidentally found Moulin de la Galette with Bobby’s eagle eyes.  That scene was painted in a famous painting by Renoir, which is on display at the Orsay Museum.  We walked further and found Toulouse-Lautrec’s house, then Vincent Van Gogh’s home.  We walked some more and found ourselves in the shopping district or so it seemed.  I talked myself out of a beautiful blue leather jacket that looked wonderful on me, but bought a really cool wool sweater that is almost like a coat that I think I will get more wear out of.  We found ourselves at the bottom of the hill walking down the middle of a boulevard.  I decided that Bobby needed to see the Moulin Rouge, but we honestly didn’t know if we were going in the right direction or not.  We thought we may have gotten turned around and were going in the opposite direction, so we decided to burn a couple of metro tickets and get on the Metro for a couple of stops to the Metro Stop  Blanche.  We came up from the Metro and had to look for a few seconds to see it.  I could tell that Bobby was not impressed.  Oh well.  We had read that the area was a bit seedy and there was a girly bar on the opposite corner, but there were enough tourists that it didn’t seem seedy at all.  Now at night…………… maybe.  We got back on the Metro and came on home.  We had been wanting to try out this cute little ice cream place two doors down from our apartment, so we came back home to drop off our bags and check in at Air France (yes, we are checked in, so I assume we are on go for home tomorrow). We went back out and spent 6 euros on two small scoops of ice cream.  Yes, it was good, but 6 euros??????  Oh well.  We enjoyed the ice cream and came back upstairs to finish off the rest of our wine and pack a little.  We have decided that we need to leave about 9:30 tomorrow morning in order to catch the Air France shuttle at the Arc De Triomphe to CDG.

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About lynntclarke

I am an attorney by trade, but love to travel. I am in my "golden" years and decided to blog about some of my trips, mainly to keep a diary of my experiences, so that I can do picture books for my travels and remember what I did each day. When you travel, you tend to forget the day before as you are having such wonderful new experiences. The blog will be there forever, I suppose, but memories fade fast. I hope you learn something worthwhile as you read. If not, then that is okay, too. Enjoy your own travels!!!

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