Paris from Above
Trip Start Oct 29, 2009
15Trip End Nov 15, 2009
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So, with that background...we started our day with lunch at Art Home atop the Paris Museum on Modern Art. It was our first clear day in Paris which lent to great views and some warmth in the air
As were were standing along the glass, gazing at the Eiffel Tower, the waiter brought us an amuse bouche that was incredible. We have no idea what it was, or anything for that matter (!!), but it was mouth watering. The chef prepared our meals feet away from us in the open kitchen and it was great to see his concentration and calm but swift movements. The soup, fish & dessert were all incredible. (More photos to come.)
After experiencing our first meal inside a functional art installation, we took a brief stroll into Trocadero, a wealthy area just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. Somehow I was still a bit hungry and decided to order yet another crepe from a sidewalk creperie. We dodged the men incessantly selling glow in the dark mini Eiffel's and hopped on the Metro to Montmartre, the district that is home to the famed Sacre Coeur. The cathedral rests on top of the highest point in Paris, and despite its relatively new construction (late 19th century), it has an ancient feel
Following our visit to Sacre Coeur, and once again dodging men selling things (this time Heineken to go with the sunset), we explored the Montmartre neighborhood. It is a fabulous area, on the same hillside as the cathedral. There is a quaint square with artists painting portraits of passers-by and tons of little patisseries, cafes and restaurants. The area was bustling and I had finally discovered Europe as I imagined it in my childhood: small streets, open squares, and people eating, drinking and laughing together. This was by far our favorite neighborhood thus far. We strolled its sweet streets with a warm baguette.
We wrapped up our day with views from the Arc de Triomphe (video to come) and the Eiffel Tower. The wind whipped and it was bitter! The type of cold that makes your teeth chatter immediately...it was fantastic. From the tip of Eiffel Tower we made-out all the spots we'd been to and were surprised to see the ground we had covered and the size of things from above
One more day in Paris and then on to Rome!!
Note to travelers: If you travel to Europe with an iPhone/iTouch, I highly recommend you purchase the apps for train routes (Metro Paris & Underground London) which make train travel a snap. I cannot imagine being here without it.