342. Sacre Coeur

IMG_2950My other favourite view in Paris was from atop the Sacre Coeur. And not only was it great looking out from the roof, but looking up inside the cathedral at the painting on the interior of the roof was just stunning.

I also quite enjoyed looking down at the monastry next door, where nuns were walking around the garden in circles reading books. It was like a game of pac-man. The climb up to the roof was a bit of a mission, and not for the claustraphobic. I could imagine the majority of the All Blacks wouldn’t actually be able to fit through the narrow staircase!

The crypt underneath had some great wee treasure exhibits and chapels/sculptures too.IMG_2926 IMG_2924 IMG_2928 IMG_2927 IMG_2920 IMG_2921 IMG_2922 IMG_2918 IMG_2910 IMG_2913 IMG_2908 IMG_2904 IMG_2948 IMG_2945 IMG_2947 IMG_2943 IMG_2942 IMG_2936 IMG_2935 IMG_2932 IMG_2934 IMG_2933

341. Montmartre

Refreshingly different from the rest of Paris, Montmartre was incredibly cute with so many gorgeous little cafes and shops, and beautiful, quirky houses with great views. We walked past a real estate agent and my eyeballs just about popped out of my head when I saw how expensive apartments were there, but it was no surprise!

More iphonography as my camera was out of commission at that stage:

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340. Arc De Triomphe


IMG_2978 (1)One of my favourite views in Paris (that and the sacre coeur). And of course we did the stereotypical middle of the road photo.

It was also one of the most terrifying driving experiences of my life. Whilst trying to navigate our way to the NZ Embassy to sort out new documents, I suddenly saw a familiar looking shape on the horizon. As the Arc de Triomphe and its famously hectic giant roundabout with no lanes approached, I couldn’t help myself from uttering something along the lines of “No, no, no, NO, NO!!” Just like this.

A have never in my life had more of a potty mouth than driving through that roundabout. There were no road rules, it was laws of the jungle. You just had to push you way through and hope no other cars crashed into you. I still curse the GPS for taking us through it!IMG_3011 IMG_3009 IMG_3007 IMG_3006 IMG_3005 IMG_3002IMG_2997 IMG_2994 IMG_2991 IMG_2989 IMG_2988 IMG_2986 IMG_2985 IMG_2983 IMG_2982 IMG_2981 IMG_2980 IMG_2979 IMG_2973 IMG_2972