Views of Paris

View of Paris from the top of the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur

View of Paris from the Sacré Coeur

As one of our few weekends in Paris while living in Paris for the summer, Ben and I spent Saturday playing tourist visiting sites of the city we hadn’t seen before. First on our list for the day was the top of the Sacré Coeur. While we have seen the basilica many times since we live nearby in Montmartre, neither of us had ever taken the steps. Although the winding stair cases are a bit uncomfortably narrow for the tall, the hike up itself wasn’t so bad, and the view phenomenal. Easily on my list of future Paris recommendations. We also visited the crypt of the basilica, as we bought the ticket for both, which was slightly anti-climatic.

Peaking out

Peaking out

HA! We actually didn't notice the carved text to the right at first, and definitely didn't write it ourselves...

HA! We actually didn’t notice the carved text to the right at first, and definitely didn’t write it ourselves…

On the way and at the top of the Sacré Coeur

On the way and at the top of the Sacré Coeur (alternate caption: funny faces)

We both had also never been to an exhibit or the top of the Centre Georges Pompidou, so walked toward Marais to check out the high-tech museum by architects Piano and Rodgers. I thoroughly enjoyed the museum itself (I’m not one to typically take photos in galleries), and especially enjoyed the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition. Fortunately I can’t get enough views of Paris, and the panoramas from the Pompidou were a delight as well.

Centre Georges Pompidou exterior

Centre Georges Pompidou exterior

Sacré Coeur & Eiffel Tower

Sacré Coeur & Eiffel Tower

Sacré Coeur from the Pompidou

Sacré Coeur from the Pompidou

Pompidou Centre

Pompidou Centre

Exhibition

Exhibition

After the Pompidou we walked along the Seine to see the Paris Plages (photo) before picking up a macaron appitizer from Pierre Hermé, and ending the day with some delicious udon (photo).

Macarons from Pierre Hermé

Macarons from Pierre Hermé

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