It’s day two of our adventure in Paris for my ten-year-old grandson and me! I decided to make it an easy day to give us a chance to recover from our jet lag, so after breakfast we head out for a little sightseeing by métro…the subway! Today we are visiting two of my favorites…(but then they are all my favorites!)…the Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre! First stop…the Arc de Triomphe…commissioned by Napoleon to honor his troops as they returned from war. It is located in the center of twelve converging avenues, so you must pass through an underground tunnel to access it.
Once up close, you cannot help but be amazed! Every inch of it is covered with the history of France! Here, you see lists of the French victories since the Revolution that have been carved into the walls.
It is also here that you will find the tomb of the Unknown Soldier of France from World War I, which is decorated with fresh flowers each day. You can also go up into the Arc…
…where you will find a small museum, featuring likenesses of some of the carvings from the exterior, such as this one of a very scary Lady Liberty who is leading the soldiers in Rude’s famous relief La Marseillaise. Yikes!
But on top, you will find a wonderful view of Paris…including the Eiffel Tower! What a way to start the day!
Next, we head north where, after winding up a narrow street, we are greeted by the iconic silhouette of the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur! We are in Montmartre…the bohemian part of Paris…where the artists hang out!
We stop for a picnic on a stone bench at the foot of the basilica…
…and feed our leftovers to the birds. My grandson loved that!
On the steps, a couple was having their wedding portrait done with all of Paris as the backdrop…gorgeous! Here I must say that the inside of the basilica is beautiful…filled with wonderful mosaics…but the real show is on the outside! That’s Montmartre for you!
We go around the corner to Place du Tertre to see the artists at work and admire their paintings and sketches. These were my grandson’s favorites!
And as we are heading out, I hear the strains of La vie en rose! A very talented chanteuse is doing her rendition of all of Edith Piaf’s most famous songs on the steps of Sacré-Coeur! My grandson and I sit and listen for a while…through Milord and Non, je regrette rien…perfect sound track for a visit to Montmartre!
(I have moved these three songs to the top of my playlist. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click to hear them and add a real feeling of Montmartre to my post!)
Ahhh! I hope he will always remember this…seeing the sights and hearing the sounds of Paris! I know I will never forget this wonderful day and, best of all, getting to share it with my favorite traveling buddy!
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In case you want to follow along, here is my plan for visiting Paris in seven days! I am linking each of the seven days as I complete the posts.
Day One…All about Eiffel! Eiffel Tower/ Champ de Mars park and play area
Day Two…Sightseeing by Subway! Arc de Triomphe/ Montmarte/ Sacré-Coeur
Day Three…Monsieur Monet, I Presume (and a lot of Louis)! Giverny/ Versailles minibus tour
Day Four…The Cradle of Paris! La Sainte Chapelle/ la Conciergerie/ Notre Dame/ Latin Quarter/ the book stalls/ ice cream on Ile St. Louis/ the bâteau mouche on the Seine
Day Five…Art Museum Madness…Plus Play in the Park! Louvre/ Tuileries Garden/ l’Orangerie/ Musée d’Orsay
Day Six…A Phantom, a Fountain and Some History! Opéra Garnier/ Pompidou Center/ Carnavalet Museum
Day Seven…A Tomb, a Tank and a Tower! Napoleon’s Tomb and the Musée de l’Armée at les Invalides/ Eiffel Tower at night
Thanks so much for stopping by! See you next time! A la prochaine!