Paris après-midi

The rain we saw approaching from the Eiffel Tower continued on its way, so Stephanie and I did likewise, taking the Metro up to Montmartre, a northern neighborhood of Paris featured in Amélie and highly recommended by Stephanie’s sister. We got off the metro and walked to the base of the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, and saw several hundred (more!) steps in front of us. Why not?

This is what we saw when we got to the top:

Basilica of the Sacré Cœur

At this point I was positively on the lookout for things I could point my camera straight up at, and I did so in the entrance to the Sacré Cœur—and took a picture I quite like.

Ceiling of the entrance to the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur

My feet and legs were pretty sore from all these stairs, so after the obligatory church walk-through we ambled down through the cobblestone streets of Montmartre when we came upon a surprisingly familiar sight. Can you guess what this reminded us of?

Montmartre corner marché

Got our first Parisian panini (finally!), I believe it was 4 fromages, and stopped to rest our feet.

Stephanie vs. Panini

We saw the Moulin Rouge from across the street, sort of waved ‘hi’, and then took the Metro back to the hotel to chill before going out to dinner at La Bocca with Stephanie’s friend from Nice, Servane. Which is when I discovered, It’s Tires! The Metro runs on tires!

The Paris Metro runs on tires!

Note: in blogtime, this took place on Monday, March 19, 2007.