If Paris had not been magical enough, our last evening was spent exploring Montmartre, it was another amazing place. Our first stop was Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, the beauty inside was breath taking (unfortunately there were signs saying no pictures allowed inside). Below is a picture I was able to find on the Basilica’s website.
We arrived just after 7:00 p.m. the Religious gift shop and Bookshop (with an extensive collection of books) in the Basilica was already closed. I would have loved to have purchased a Rosary, but I guess it was not meant to be on this trip … next trip (smile).
The warmth and peace I felt as I sat silent taking in all the beauty contained within the walls of the Basilica, is too magical for words. If you have not been to Sacré-Coeur, I’m telling you (based on my experience) it is a “must visit”. It was like an awakening took place within me.
The Basilica is open every day from 6am to 10.30pm
You can climb up the dome to have a fanstastic view of Paris:
9.00am to 7pm (6pm in winter).
It is also possible to visit the crypt (the opening times can vary)
The Basilica shop is open Tues-Sun from 9.15am to 5.45p.m.
Confessions : Every day from 10h à 12h - 14h 30 to18h - 20h30 to 22h
Montmartre is full with history, If you follow the paths to the left of the Sacré Coeur you will soon reach a square called Place du Tertre. There you will find artists ready to do a quick portrait of you;. lots of souvenir shops; restaurants (many of which offer live music/singing); and crèpes and ice cream from various food stalls.
My favourite crèpe was the avec burre and sucare, while Mr. G. favoured the Nutella ones.
And yes our four legged family members really are welcomed in Paris! Our little Dolce I'm sure will want to know why he didn't come after seeing the picture of this precious little doggie being served water in a glass, at the table next to ours, from a very attentive waitress.
As the night sky turned to its marvelous midnight blue colour - we made the walk back to the Basilica, to take in its night lustre.
On the steps of the Basilica, day or night you will be entertained. May I suggest you take a bottle of wine, some cheese and a baquette, and enjoy Montmartre - day or night - and the fabulous views of Paris!
The next morning, was the hardest morning to wake up, since our arrival in Paris. Perhaps, because we would have to leave shortly after waking and having breakfast, for the airport.
I hope you have enjoyed the tales of our trip to Paris. There are many more pictures to share with you in the future. I would love to hear about your favourite memory of a trip you took to Paris.