Bread, Wine and Architecture
After a 4-hour flight delay we finally made it out of Montréal and were on our way to Paris. The flight was roughly 6 ½ hours. Finding a comfortable position on the plane was next to impossible. Eye mask and earplugs made useful companions and random sleeping patterns resulted as small children cried in the white noise of the aircraft’s engines.
After landing in Paris I was immediately surrounded by a vibrant and lively environment that was not only historic in nature but the most beautiful place I’d ever seen. My traveling companion and I rented an apartment on the top floor of a building built in 1896. The building is situated in the NW downtown core of Paris. Our apartment was roughly 12’X12’ and included a small kitchen/bathroom. Kitchen/bathroom? What I mean by this is our shower and our kitchen sink were 3’ from one and other. The word “small” does not begin to describe this tiny flat. Over top of the bed were two windows that opened up onto our own rooftop patio. I swear our patio must have been the best urban view in Paris. I’ve made sure to include some pictures of the rooftop sunset above.
After a night of sitting on our roof top drinking 3EU bottles of French wine, eating fresh pastries and baguettes and enjoying the occasional cigar we started to feel as though we were becoming a part of the Parisian lifestyle. The next day we decided to tackle the city by foot. With no schedule or plan each day felt like an adventure of the unknown. Nearby our flat we noticed what looked like a castle on a mountaintop from a distance. We made our way to this castle looking building. Once we arrived it became clear that churches in Europe are no laughing matter. We had arrived at La Basilique du Sacré Coeur. The church was an absolutely stunning piece of architecture that seemed to almost touch the skyline of Paris. The interior of the church was beautiful. The view from the top of the basilica was breathtaking and was worth every spent calorie used to climb the 300 stairs to the Basilica’s towers. At the top of the Basilica I was welcomed by a 360 degree view of the city in all its glory.
Did I mention you can get a good bottle of wine for 3EU? Oh yea, I did. I love Paris.
Much, much more to come.