Paris, Arc de Triomphe and Sacre Couer

July 9th, 2016

Everyone has the idea of the quintessential location related to a place. For me, the Eiffel Tower represents Paris – for Brad, it’s the Arc De Triomphe. Today, we had a plan. We were going have a picnic lunch, and we were going to climb the steps of the Arc De Triomphe.

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I’m only writing about the picnic foods, because on of my favorite things about France is the meats and cheeses. We grabbed some of the best Brie cheese, some different meats, a giant baguette, and a small bottle of wine, and made our way to the base of the Arc De Triomphe. There’s always something magical about visiting somewhere for the first time, and just taking a moment to sit and enjoy it.

After our delicious lunch of brie, meat, and a baguette, we climbed and we climbed, and made it to the top! This wasn’t something that I knew you could do, and it’s all thanks to Brad for talking to a couple the day before and getting the suggestion – the views were breathtaking! It’s a full circular panorama from the heart of Paris. This is a moment I won’t soon forget.

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That evening, we made our way to my personal favorite part of Paris, Montmartre. This to me feels like a step back in time – I can feel Hemmingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein and so many others as we meander our way through the hilly cobblestone streets past vine covered houses. There’s something magical about this area.

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Of course the highlight of Montmartre is the Sacre Coeur. It’s a magnanimous church overlooking Paris, and it offers some of the best views of the sunset over the city, as you’re entertained by street performers, fellow wanderlusts, and a bunch of people trying to sell you Heinekens. I could sit on those steps every single day for the rest of my life and never get restless.

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To get home, we just walked and walked through the streets of Paris. The lights, the architecture, the feel of the city. It was a perfect day.

On the next post, we get a run in with my best friend Alyssa’s little brother, Austin, a venture through the underground Paris, and a visit to Luxembourg Gardens!

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