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Paris Journal - Day Four

Yesterday, my mother, sister Bairbre and niece Brighid arrived, and by noon this morning, they were still sleeping off the jet lag.  So I decided to let them sleep and head off to Montmartere and Sacre Coure, one of Paris' most amazing churches.

Right outside of our apartment, there is a bus that goes to Montmartre.  It says so right on the front.  So I hopped on assuming that it would take me to this beautiful and historic part of Paris.  Well.  Oops!  It went to the Port of Montmatre.  This means I stayed on the bus a bit too long and had to double back.  And even then, the stop for Sacre Coure was about a half mile from the church.

And it didn't matter.  The walk was amazing.  I passed some historic old homes and gardens, and as I thought I was reaching the church, I found the church of Saint Pierre de Montmartre, which had some of the loveliest stained glass that I've ever seen. 

Then on to Sacre Coure!  God, it's beautiful, as are the views of Paris from the front steps!

Going home was an adventure!  I got completely turned around and lost at every opportunity.  And I met some really fun people, including a fabulous bus driver who actually understood my pathetic French! 

And every time I got lost, I stumbled across something that I'm so glad that I didn't miss.

In a probably bad neighborhood on the outskirts o town, there was a sandwich shop call "Ankara" that had the best smells I've smelled in a long time.

At the Luxembourg Gardens, I couldn't find a way out, but did find some of the most beautiful tulips I've ever seen!


Comment balloon 17 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 16 2009 06:21PM


Thanks for sharing, Patricia!

I used to live in Paris and the spring can be so nice there...thanks for the pics of Montmartre...we used to love and hang out there and eat street food and beer.

We're off to Toulouse in July and I'll do a log like this too...thanks again.

Bonne journee!

:) PS

Posted by Patrick Schutte, REALTOR (Flex Realty) over 11 years ago

Send more pictures.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, -) over 11 years ago

Pat, it all sounds so magical and wonderful! I didn't see your other posts, so I just read them. I have to keep up!!!

I am green..... with envy! Waiting for more beautiful pics and stories. :D

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Patricia - We went to Paris in 1990 and you're right. There is so much to see, you don't mind getting lost. I'll have to read your other posts.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 11 years ago

I remember being in Montmartre - on those same steps in the evening in June - 1983 - a young French musician with a guitar was singing Beatles songs in English in the dusk - we sat and watched the sun set over paris and listen to Beatles songs in a French accent! so great!!!

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 11 years ago

Patricia - Thanks for sharing those beautiful pics.  I have to check your other blogs.  I saw two so far.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" over 11 years ago

OK next time I need a travel mate I am taking you .. I love the adventure as much at the journey and nothing better then getting lost in a new unexplored city

Posted by Eric Reid (Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners) over 11 years ago

Yes yes Yes !!!!

My favorite spot in the entire world is Montmartre !!!

...PLUS I took the exact same photo looking down the steps that you did !!! brought all my memories flooding back :o)

And the basilca (Sacre Couer) is just breathtaking.

...I'm so living vicariously thru you right now !!!

Yaaay !!!!!


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 11 years ago

Are all those pictures copyrighted? I am tempted to cite them in my own blog (non-activerain blog). :-)

Posted by real estate real estate over 11 years ago

Hi Pat... sometimes the adventures you have getting lost far outweigh the planned ones!  Sounds like you are having a great trip!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

Oh Pat - what an adventure!  How fun and exciting to get "lost" - you discover the most amazing things!

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORSĀ®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 11 years ago

Pat - I loved visiting the Sacre Couer - the views of Paris from the hilltop and the cathedral are amazing.  Sounds like you are having a terrific time exploring. Getting lost, or missing a stop, is all part of the fun.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 11 years ago


WIth you there we have our eyes on Paris and are enjoying some of r journey. Keep us posted. Photos are great.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 11 years ago

Pat - Sounds like fun.  I would not call it getting lost just exploring.  So did you sample the  food at Ankara?

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago

Pat - My wife and I have a understanding when we travel: You can't get lost in a place you haven't been to. Being lost, taking the wrong bus, meeting new people -- that's where the memories are.


Posted by Ed Schneider, Washington DC Real Estate Specialist (Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc.) over 11 years ago



You are soooo lucky sound like so much fun. I want to go to Paris someday too. Soak it in. Thanks for sharing...

Posted by Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES (Intracoastal Realty Corp) over 11 years ago

It sounds like you're having just waaaaaaaaaaaay too much fun getting lost each day -- LOL.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 11 years ago