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21 June, 2011

Paris in Seven Days: Sightseeing by Subway...the Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre

041 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.

043 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.

044 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…

045 …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!

049 But on top, you will find a wonderful view of Paris…including the Eiffel Tower! What a way to start the day!

052 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!

053 We stop for a picnic on a stone bench at the foot of the basilica…

060 …and feed our leftovers to the birds. My grandson loved that!

065 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!

070 - Copy 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!

071 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!

072 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!

Missed any Paris posts?
Back from Paris…or...My Grandson’s Favorites!  Listing the must-see spots for a ten year old boy!
My Favorite Street in Paris…Rue Cler   Great little street to use as your headquarters 
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 TwoSightseeing by Subway! Arc de Triomphe/ Montmarte/ Sacré-Coeur
Day ThreeMonsieur Monet, I Presume (and a lot of Louis)! Giverny/ Versailles minibus tour
Day FourThe 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 FiveArt Museum Madness…Plus Play in the Park! Louvre/ Tuileries Garden/ l’Orangerie/ Musée d’Orsay
Day SixA 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!


  1. Debbie, I've been eager to see more of your trip. This is such a fun post. I'm savoring each photo as if I'm right there along side of you and A. ~ Sarah

  2. Another fun leg of my virtual trip to Paris thanks to YOU! Its just beautiful!!!

  3. Oh I am following you all the way through Paris Debbie. It brings back so many memories.We should go there again, it is only a few hours by fast train these days. Thank you for sharing.

  4. So lucky you and the grandson! Of course he will remember, how could he not.

  5. I love reading about your trip. If I ever plan a trip to Paris, I'll certainly have to refer back to this series.

  6. Beautiful! Love it, Debbie! Your little traveling partner is obviously enjoying it, too! Linda

  7. This is a wonderful trip and I am so enjoying it right along with you! Lucky you to share it with your grandson.
    I think I stayed in the same part of Paris when I was there.

  8. Oh Debbie, these posts are so much fun. It's like I get to tag along on the trip. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  9. this is great! when anyone goes to Paris they should definitely allow 7 days. i saw it in 2 and it was waaaay too short. enjoy!!

  10. Bonjour Debbie, what a lucky Grandson! You planned out each day spectacularly well to have various things of interest for each of you! The chanteuse at Sacre Coeur ! You couldn't have planned that!!!
    The first time I visited the Notre Dame there was a hearse outside with a beautiful bouquet on the back doors, but when we went inside, there was a wedding going on, so we were back to smiling, again!

    Oh - and you have gorgeous photos that I've been enjoying. Thank you.

    Mary in Oregon

  11. I am enjoying my tour with you and your Grandson! Beautiful photos.

  12. I so enjoyed this post I can't imagine ever getting to tour Paris so this takes me there

    your sweet grandson is very lucky to get there at this age


  13. what a wonderful trip! I've finally had time to go back and see your Paris posts -- Lovely! Thanks for taking us along.

  14. Debbie, It sounds like you had a great traveling partner! I am so glad you both had a wonderful time.

  15. I'm enjoying your Paris tour! It's been a long time since I was last there and now you have me longing to go back. What a great time you must have had with your grandson.

  16. Deb how did I miss this one!!! I am loving seeing Paris through your eyes. This is fantastic!!! Kathysue

  17. Very beautiful photos. Both of you did an excellent job capturing the essence of what you were seeing. Those water lilies are so gorgeous! I want to go back with your blog in my hand as a guidebook.


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