Our Paris adventure continues with a trip to Basilique du Sacre Coeur, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. If you’ve seen Amelie, you’ll know that one of the important scenes in the movie was filmed in this place.
There was a throng of tourists visiting the basilica on this hot sunny day. You can’t blame people for coming out here; the city views are incredible and not to be missed.
A short walk to the left of the basilica leads to Place du Tertre, where artists converge and offer visitors their services. But before we got to that part we had to stop for crepes.
The Place du Tertre is filled with artists offering to create portraits of visitors willing to shell out some Euros. It was fun seeing portraits that were accurate and even more entertaining to see ones that weren’t, while eating our crepes of course.
I and Tess are huge fans of The Great British Bake Off. One of their former hosts Mel Giedroyc went on a BBC show called Travel Man with Richard Ayoade and this seahorse appeared on their hilarious Paris episode. Arnaud was actually the one who saw and it called my attention.
We went down these steps and continued our way down to the Place des Abbesses where an unexpected surprise was waiting to be found.
Arnaud and I were waiting for Rob and Tess when we saw people entering and leaving a small non-descript garden.
We found that they were there for one reason: Le Mur des Je T’aime or the I Love You wall.It’s 40 square meters of enamelled lava tiles bearing the words “I love you” written in 250 languages. I found the Filipino version!Next we were off to the Pere Lachaise cemetery. Yes, you read correctly. We went to a cemetery. At 44 hectares it is known as the largest in Paris. Many notable names have this beautiful garden cemetery as their final resting place which, is one of the reasons it attracts visitors. Arnaud and Rob were on a treasure hunt to find these popular figures and had quite some success with their mission.
The sculptures and designs of the tombs and mausoleums are fascinating, making this cemetery a gallery of some sort. A visit to Pere Lachaise is a unique Paris experience that’s very refreshing compared to the usual tourist destinations.
For dinner we decided to make use of the raclette maker we found in our Airbnb. A short trip to the grocery provided us everything we needed for a hot cheesy dinner.
The next day it was time for us to go. We just had to take in the amazing view one last time.
And of course, Arnaud had to go on his morning bakery run which, he really loved doing.
Then it was time to say goodbye to the flat and return ownership of it to Yeti, our white furball friend.
Our short stay in Paris was made beautiful and memorable by good weather, great company, delicious food, and new experiences.