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.
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.
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.
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.
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!