The day after my delicious French dinner in great company was all about getting to Sacré Coeur because travel buddy Jess was set on seeing it. No objections from me though because it really is a beautiful cathedral.
However, we did need to get a little fruit breakfast in us, so we first checked out one of France’s infamous produce/street markets. Fruit was eaten, earrings were bought and a new “friend” was made
Why hello there Mrs. Potato Head – fancy finding you amongst all those fella potatoes (;
Sunflowers are my favorite (:
Showing off how good their melons are
Jessica’s new friend. He saw me taking pictures of the stalls and wanted his picture taken with Jess
Love all of it!
It is France after all…
We spent a decent amount of time taking in the Cathedral. From the inside to the outside and all the views around it.
Too funny to not take a picture
After touring around the cathedral I bought a local band’s cd “Les Presteej” – I was smitten when listening to them playing on the side of Cathedral. They were pretty great and now they are forever a part of my music collection. Let’s not talk about how I don’t understand anything that they are singing about in French, but I feel that I am more cultured just by listening to it and maybe one day the language won’t frighten me anymore.
Les Presteej (not my video, but am thankful someone else uploaded a video of them)
The Carousel in Montmarte
Then it was off to take a glimpse of Moulin Rouge – interesting stop over. Along the way I got a Pain Au Chocolat (just for you Whitney and your continuous search throughout Illinois for one). Besides I think it is a cardinal sin to go to Paris and not have one.
Jess and I finally made it back to Notre Dame for about the 10th time but THIS time we actually went inside. Definitely worth the trip halfway across town for it. I still stand by my opinion that the outside (specifically the sides with all the gargoyles) is the best feature of the cathedral, but I still got some good shots of inside the cathedral.
Your neck hurts from craning it to see all of the details
My favorite picture from inside Notre Dame
Of course I requested we stroll the exterior once more so that I could get a few more shots of the amazing gargoyles! Get there before they are all weathered away – they are incredible. I will blame my parents for the weird gargoyle obsession since we have one at our house.
The challenge is in the hunt for a gargoyle still in good condition – this guy was a top finisher
These guys made carrying around my telescopic lens worth it
The backside of Notre Dame with the Garden
One last photo of Notre Dame
By then our hours were dwindling before we were to board our flight to Lisbon – the next recap of my travels – stay tuned!