Au Revoir Paris, Until Next Time!

Au Revoir Paris, Until Next Time!

Before we knew it, our last day in Paris was upon us, but we still had a beautiful day ahead of us before we had to jump back on the Eurostar!

Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur Basilica

After breakfast we made our way to the glistening white Sacré-Cœur Basilica. It was such a beautiful and warm sunny day in Paris, a great way to end the trip. Sacré-Cœur sits atop the highest point in the city in the beautiful area of Montmartre. This means it is yet another great spot in Paris to look out over the city. Like many churches, I find the most spectacular view is from the outside, and Sacré-Cœur is no exception. It is a stunning display of Romano-Byzantine architecture and in this way, very different to the Gothic Notre Dame. We really enjoyed comparing the two different architectural styles within the same city.

Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

The view of Paris from the front steps of Sacré-Cœur.

We enjoyed a short wander through the basilica before venturing off towards the nearby restaurants for lunch. On our way we met with the most wonderful experience. There was an older French man sitting on the footpath playing the accordion. He was playing the most beautiful and authentic Parisian music. I got so lost in the moment that I very nearly got run over by a bus (I didn’t even hear the horn beeping, or Jori yelling at me!).

French man playing Parisian music on the accordion.

We stopped to watch him play, and to enjoy his music. He was so peaceful; and it was so amazing to watch him really enjoying himself. Jori motioned to his phone to ask permission to take some video. The man smiled and nodded happily. It’s one of our favourite pieces of footage that we have captured throughout our travels.

Enriched and filled with joy, we carried on up the road, the sounds of the accordion enveloping us as we went.

For lunch, we chose a restaurant with a gorgeous outside courtyard to sit in. There is an abundance of choice for places to eat at Sacré-Cœur, and most have very similar menus, so we just ended up deciding where to eat based on the atmosphere. There was a beautiful tree overhanging the seating area, and with an open roof above us, we were able to sit in the warm sun. We enjoyed a delightful Aperol Spritz, and I ordered a cheese platter for my meal. Jori went all out on the traditional cuisine. After all, it was our last meal in Paris. He ordered snails and frogs legs…

Jori keen for lunch.

Beautiful warm sunshine and trees to sit beneath.

Enjoying my Aperol Spritz.

The Experience Through Jori’s Eyes

This was it. I’d been waiting the whole trip to eat snails (or ‘escargot’ in French)! I’d heard that they were delicious, and even though I had my reservations, I was keen to try them. I ordered an entrée of escargot with a main of frog’s legs, adamant that I’d eat them. The snails were quite nice, in a green pesto style sauce. Well, they were nice at first. The second and third snail slowly got to me, and I was forcing them down by the end. I can’t really explain the taste. They were very strong, and tasted a bit like a mix between red meat and seafood. The frog’s legs just tasted like chicken. It was still strange though, because you’re pulling small amounts of white meat off of what are very obviously frog’s legs. It was a strange experience. I definitely wouldn’t recommend having both at the same time! If I get another chance, I’d still like to try escargot from a nice French restaurant. The one we ate at was obviously very touristy, and as we’ve established, they don’t always have the best food.

– Jori

Snails.

Snail and pesto.

Frogs Legs.

BYD Tip

The restaurants at Sacré-Cœur are all very touristy so if you’re after something more authentic, it might be a good idea to venture further afield from the major tourist sites. However, there was a lovely atmosphere up there, which we really enjoyed.

The Montmarte area is really quaint, with lovely peaceful streets and gorgeous looking cafes, buildings, and vintage boutiques. If we had had more time, we would’ve loved to wander the streets a bit more. Alas we did not, as we wanted to fit in a few more stops before leaving.

Montmartre Moments

The beautiful Sacre-Cœur Basilica.

A beautiful view down the steps from Sacré-Cœur.

A restaurant we wished we had to time to stop at!

Parisian artists market.

Trocadéro

We hopped on the Big Bus again, which took us to Trocadéro. Trocadéro is across the Seine from the Eiffel Tour. From here you can see a brilliant view of the iconic monument over the fountains and greenery of the Jardins du Trocadéro. We think it’s the best spot to view the Eiffel Tour from ground level.

Happiness beneath the Eiffel Tour!

Something was very funny!

Having a bit of fun!

Jardin du Luxembourg

The last stop for the day – before we collected our luggage and boarded the Eurostar – was Jardin du Luxmbourg. These are the gardens surrounding the Luxembourg Palace, which is now where the French Senate meets. The grounds are gorgeous; local Parisians visit the gardens to sit in the sunshine, read books, and eat their lunch. There are many different areas to relax, such as the central fountain in the sunshine. However, my absolutely favourite (and in our opinion the most beautiful) part of the gardens is the Medici Fountain. Situated to the east of the palace, the fountain extends into the cool green foliage of the surrounding trees. It is such a lush and tranquil spot to relax with the sounds of the flowing water, trickling down the ornately carved face of the fountain.

The Medici Fountain, Jardin du Luxembourg.

What a way to end our day, and a fabulous long weekend in the city of love. Luggage in hand, hearts full, and completely enriched. We settled into our seats on the Eurostar, ready for our journey back under the English Chanel to London. Au revoir Pairs!

Before we knew it, our last day in Paris was upon us, but we still had a beautiful day ahead of us before we had to jump back on the Eurostar!

Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur Basilica

After breakfast we made our way to the glistening white Sacré-Cœur Basilica. It was such a beautiful and warm sunny day in Paris, a great way to end the trip. Sacré-Cœur sits atop the highest point in the city in the beautiful area of Montmartre. This means it is yet another great spot in Paris to look out over the city. Like many churches, I find the most spectacular view is from the outside, and Sacré-Cœur is no exception. It is a stunning display of Romano-Byzantine architecture and in this way, very different to the Gothic Notre Dame. We really enjoyed comparing the two different architectural styles within the same city.

Travel blog photo of Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, France.

Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

Panoramic photo of Paris taken from the front steps of Sacré-Cœur.

The view of Paris from the front steps of Sacré-Cœur.

We enjoyed a short wander through the basilica before venturing off towards the nearby restaurants for lunch. On our way we met with the most wonderful experience. There was an older French man sitting on the footpath playing the accordion. He was playing the most beautiful and authentic Parisian music. I got so lost in the moment that I very nearly got run over by a bus (I didn’t even hear the horn beeping, or Jori yelling at me!).

French man playing Parisian music on the accordion.

We stopped to watch him play, and to enjoy his music. He was so peaceful; and it was so amazing to watch him really enjoying himself. Jori motioned to his phone to ask permission to take some video. The man smiled and nodded happily. It’s one of our favourite pieces of footage that we have captured throughout our travels.

Enriched and filled with joy, we carried on up the road, the sounds of the accordion enveloping us as we went.

For lunch, we chose a restaurant with a gorgeous outside courtyard to sit in. There is an abundance of choice for places to eat at Sacré-Cœur, and most have very similar menus, so we just ended up deciding where to eat based on the atmosphere. There was a beautiful tree overhanging the seating area, and with an open roof above us, we were able to sit in the warm sun. We enjoyed a delightful Aperol Spritz, and I ordered a cheese platter for my meal. Jori went all out on the traditional cuisine. After all, it was our last meal in Paris. He ordered snails and frogs legs…

Travel blog photo of outside restaurant seating on a sunny day in Montmarte, Paris.

Beautiful warm sunshine and trees to sit beneath.
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Photo of Malika drinking an Aperol Spritz.
Photo of Jori waiting for his lunch of escargot and frogs legs in Montmarte, Paris.

The Experience Through Jori’s Eyes

This was it. I’d been waiting the whole trip to eat snails (or ‘escargot’ in French)! I’d heard that they were delicious, and even though I had my reservations, I was keen to try them. I ordered an entrée of escargot with a main of frog’s legs, adamant that I’d eat them. The snails were quite nice, in a green pesto style sauce. Well, they were nice at first. The second and third snail slowly got to me, and I was forcing them down by the end. I can’t really explain the taste. They were very strong, and tasted a bit like a mix between red meat and seafood. The frog’s legs just tasted like chicken. It was still strange though, because you’re pulling small amounts of white meat off of what are very obviously frog’s legs. It was a strange experience. I definitely wouldn’t recommend having both at the same time! If I get another chance, I’d still like to try escargot from a nice French restaurant. The one we ate at was obviously very touristy, and as we’ve established, they don’t always have the best food.

– Jori

Travel blog photo of the escargot (snails) that Jori ate in Paris.

Snails.
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Food photo of the escargot outside of the shell.
Food photo of a dish of frogs legs from Paris, France.

BYD Tip

The restaurants at Sacré-Cœur are all very touristy so if you’re after something more authentic, it might be a good idea to venture further afield from the major tourist sites. However, there was a lovely atmosphere up there, which we really enjoyed.

The Montmarte area is really quaint, with lovely peaceful streets and gorgeous looking cafes, buildings, and vintage boutiques. If we had had more time, we would’ve loved to wander the streets a bit more. Alas we did not, as we wanted to fit in a few more stops before leaving.

Montmartre Moments

Travel blog photo of a cute restaurant in Montmarte, Paris.

A restaurant we wished we had to time to stop at!
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A photo of the view from the top steps of the narrow path to Sacré-Cœur in Paris, France.
Photo of people looking at art stalls at a market in Paris, France.
Photo of Sacre-Cœur Basilica

Trocadéro

We hopped on the Big Bus again, which took us to Trocadéro. Trocadéro is across the Seine from the Eiffel Tour. From here you can see a brilliant view of the iconic monument over the fountains and greenery of the Jardins du Trocadéro. We think it’s the best spot to view the Eiffel Tour from ground level.

Photo of Jori pretending to hold the tip of the Eiffel Tour.

Having a bit of fun!
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Photo of Malika laughing in Trocadéro with the Eiffel Tour behind her.
Travel blog photo of Jori laughing in front of the Eiffel Tour.

Jardin du Luxembourg

The last stop for the day – before we collected our luggage and boarded the Eurostar – was Jardin du Luxmbourg. These are the gardens surrounding the Luxembourg Palace, which is now where the French Senate meets. The grounds are gorgeous; local Parisians visit the gardens to sit in the sunshine, read books, and eat their lunch. There are many different areas to relax, such as the central fountain in the sunshine. However, my absolutely favourite (and in our opinion the most beautiful) part of the gardens is the Medici Fountain. Situated to the east of the palace, the fountain extends into the cool green foliage of the surrounding trees. It is such a lush and tranquil spot to relax with the sounds of the flowing water, trickling down the ornately carved face of the fountain.

Photo of the Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.

The Medici Fountain, Jardin du Luxembourg.

What a way to end our day, and a fabulous long weekend in the city of love. Luggage in hand, hearts full, and completely enriched. We settled into our seats on the Eurostar, ready for our journey back under the English Chanel to London. Au revoir Pairs!

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