Sacre Couer, Montmarte & Galeries Lafayatte...

Trip Start Oct 25, 2011
Trip End Oct 29, 2011

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Woke up to a nice surprice. There was a market right in front of the hotel. We wondered around and ended up buying some baking utensils for Chung's sis. When we were younger, shopping was for souvenirs, postcards etc. Today, we seem to be buying more food items. In fact, I plan to stop by at Le Marche on the last day to just pick up cheeses, butter and the different sauces before I leave.

Today, we are off to Montmarte and then its back to the hotel for dinner and then for a late night show at Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge... hmm was in two minds about it. We so wanted to watch in our first trip but it was expensive. Today, we could afford it but somehow the wanting to watch it kinda wane but we thought oh what the heck, it could be another 25 years before we come again. The only show left was the 11 pm and so we booked via the hotel.

We walked up the stairs to Sacre Couer.  Chung runs into the church as I sat on the top looking over Paris. My leg is still aching from the hike in Chamonix and any rest is really welcome. As we walk towards Montmarte, we came to the bustling artist market. Strange, really strange because in June, I didnt get to the artist square. In fact, we had lunch and then walked back down to the many lovely stairs to take the metro.

So here I am standing right in the middle of the square and as we stroll around the square, we see the many artist and his work. I stopped at this Chinese man stall and bought three small pieces for my partner Ray. Chatted with the artist who came from HK and now has settled down in Paris with his French wife and children. His cantonese was still good , way better than mine.

We then stopped for lunch in one of the restaurants in the square. Service was quick and as usual we ordered our wines which is the hilight of the trip so far. On the way down, we passed by this beautiful Macaroon shop, bought macaroons packed in beautiful Montmarte boxes. I am not sure why but despite my aching leg , we walked all the way down to Galeries Lafayatte. Ordinarily , it would have been a pleasant walk as the weather was lovely and its nice to see along the Parisien streets and just people watch .

I guess I overdid it and so when I reached Galeries Lafayatte, my feet was screaming for a break. We walked into a big crowd of Chinese tourist and for that split second I thought  I was in a mall in Guangzhou. I had read that Galeries had a restuarant /cafe with a lovely terrace overlooking the city. So I dragged Chung thorugh all the floors , finally ended up at the food court. No, this is definitely not it.

After giving my poor legs a rest, I walked another round, admired the lovely ceilings after the Galeries, attempted the Longchamp store but turned back when I saw the queue. As I made my way back up to foodcourt, I saw a sign that said rooftop terrace and there it was..the restaurant was closed though but there were nice comfortable chairs where you can admire the scenic rooftops of Paris and see the Eiffel Towers as well .

Hmm, despite being in Paris just 3 month prior - there are still so many more  places to see and things to do..
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