La Basilique du Sacré Cœur

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Traveling oversea can be a huge pain in the ass nuisance. You have to trek to airports & through airports, onto a long, tedious flight, before you landed at your final destination only to go through yet another airport & train station to get to your next destination...but it is all worth it!

Traveling is brilliantly-awesomely-life-changing! There's something utterly magical about getting out of your comfort zone, nosing around someone else's town, experiencing different cultures, trying new foods & meeting new people. It's fascinating & exciting - I don't think I'll ever get tired of it.

Two weeks & some days ago I got to do something I have always wanted to do; travel half way around the world to explore Europe.

Since Chris will already be in Germany a week prior for Oktoberfest, our plan was to meet in Paris on the 1st of October. The idea of flying solo for an international trip was nerve-racking but I did it & made it on time to Charles De Gaulle airport. I made my way across the airport (a couple times) to meet Chris & I couldn't be any happier to be in his arms. We made our way to the hotel, unloaded our luggage, freshen up & dashed out the door with my camera to explore the ever so ravishing Paris.

Paris - Day 1
We wandered aimlessly & rode the bus through the streets of Paris & made our way to Montmartre -- a hill in the north of Paris, well-known as a nightclub district & for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.

We, unknowingly, stumbled upon one of the most famous streets in Paris, the Rue Foyatier. It is famous for its flights of stairs giving access to the Sacré Cœur Basilica & the view at the top is rewarding.

We walked down the cobbled street & found ourselves at the back of the basilica.

La Basilique du Sacré Cœur designed by Paul Abadie is a Roman Catholic church & basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paris. It is built of travertine stone - quarried in Chateu-Landon, France - constantly exudes calcite, which ensures that the basilica remains white even with weathering & pollution.

The basilica's Christ in Majesty mosaic in the apse by Luc-Olivier Merson is among the largest in the world...The bad news is the use of cameras & video recorders is forbidden inside; I broke the law & snapped this photo.

Having toured inside the basilica, we made our way outside for some fresh air on the steps.

From here the view is quite magical.

We soaked in the view & rode the funicular down for some food & vino.

Finally made our way back to the hotel, tumbled into bed & fell asleep like a baby.

More of our adventures tomorrow...

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