|this is the view from my airbnb apartment window.|
i love love love these window shutters.
so abundant in amsterdam, switzerland, and now paris.
every morning and evening, i will be the one to open and close them :)
|the view from sacre cœur, montmarte.|
also gray, also wet.
|sacre cœur basilica.|
one fancy fact about it:
this basilica was built with a stone called travertine,
which continuously exude calcite.
this causes the basilica to remain white, despite weather and pollution.
|it's a really great view of paris from here,|
i wish it hadn't been so rainy..
|we came on a sunday, so there was a congregation.|
or a mass? a synagogue?
i really couldn't tell the difference.
|sacre cœur literally translates to sacred heart, referring to scared heart of jesus.|
|the small t+ ticket we buy in carnets|
|you see them so many times in pictures and tv,|
but when you see them with your own eyes..
you only realized how gigantic these things are.
|arc de triomphe!|
|names of those involved in the french revolution and napoleonic wars|
|going up the arc de triomphe, there is a small exhibition and gift shop before you get to the top|
|and you are awarded with a 360 degree view of paris :)|
from far away, the sacre cœur basilica.
visible because it's on top of a hill.
|eiffel tower :)|
|the famous champs elysees|
|oh i love love love madeleine|
|mini arc de triomphe.|
the cool part is, you can slowly spin the monument in a circle and see the engravings on the slide behind..
|the tomb of unknown soldier, to celebrate those soldiers who went to WWI and never came back,|
and the eternal flame burning at the top
|seriously, skip the line at the eiffel tower and go here instead. the view is amazing.|
entry costs euro 9.50,
entrance is through the underground tunnel, which you can get into from champs elysees.