paris 2016 part 1 is actually the first day of the three i’ve recently spent in town.
maybe you think paris seen from up the montmartre hill is cheesy and touristy. it may be that too, but the sacre coeur views makes it one of my favourite places in the city. wonder around the neighborhood for great and varied parisian atmosphere!
i jumped in the eurostar at 7 am, in london. i arrived in gare de nord at around 11:40, one hour later than scheduled. they had to stop the train because there was a suspicious package scare. i had my early lunch in the adjacent indian quarter. i had a pakistani set: delicious, plentiful and super cheap! then i walked up the montmartre hill and then over it. i love the part of the neighbourhood that’s behind the sacre coeur cathedral.
then i walked all the way downtown. i bought books in a small book shop and i ended up in the galeries lafayette for the first time. i spent a little while in their book shop and on the roof, trying to avoid walking in the rain.
the skies cleared up and the light was beautiful once again. this is opera garnier.
and this is a cos store i used as a pit stop.
this is a beautiful door on rue de saint honore. i used colette as another pit stop: outside, it hailed…
the sun is out, again, right when i got to palais royal. i had some cream soup and a fruit salad for dinner and then set off walking towards my airbnb “home” on rue tolbiac, in the 13eme arrondissement.
the interesting clouds and light allowed me a nice shot of place vendome.
the inside of the louvre yard.
i was happy to walk home and see la seine.
this is a lateral shot of the notre dame cathedral.
taking a very pleasant shortcut through jardin des plantes.
the building in the back is la bibliothèque centrale du muséum national d’histoire naturelle.
and just across the street, there is the grande mosquée de paris.
bonsoir, m. chat!
stay tuned for the second paris post!
photo credits: little aesthete