A Travellerspoint blog

Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, and Cafe de Flor

After sessions at the conference this am, headed to Montmartre...checked out the Sacred Heart basilica (from a distance, way too
many stairs and it was like 90degrees today)...then checked out an apartment where Van Gogh lived from 1886 to 1888 (kinda cool).

Had to take the journey to the Eiffel Tower, just to say I went. It is overwhelmingly large; pictures really don't do it justice at all...but, of course, I took pics.

Finally, had to eat...went to Cafe de Flor for some quiche and cheese.

Check out the pics!

Yes, I am attending the conference!!!

Yes, I am attending the conference!!!

Universite Paris-Sorbonne - location of conference

Universite Paris-Sorbonne - location of conference

Sacré-Cœur basilica - Montmartre

Sacré-Cœur basilica - Montmartre

(blue door) Place where Van Gogh lived for a year

Place where Van Gogh lived for a year

The Eiffel tower

The Eiffel tower

Bottom of the Eiffel Tower

Bottom of the Eiffel Tower

Seine river across from Eiffel Tower

Seine river across from Eiffel Tower

Cafe de Flor

Cafe de Flor

Inside Cafe de Flor

Inside Cafe de Flor

Lunch at Cafe de Flor

Lunch at Cafe de Flor

Had to try some Parisian cheeses

Had to try some Parisian cheeses

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Shakespeare & Co, Bastille, Cité de la Musique

Great day…!
…began with…morning live organ music at Saint Sulpice church…sublime…
…metro to Shakespeare & Co, an incredible (and quite famous) English-lang bookstore...so cute and combined my two loves—books and music—with a piano for playing on the second floor, surrounded by old books (yes, I played it, along with two other guys!)….
…lunch at a café the bookstore, then train/bus ride to the Bastille, once the site of a prison where Jeanne Guyon was placed in solitary confinement for four years (see below about Jeanne Guyon)…
…went to an incredible music museum called Cité de la Musique; it housed musical instruments from the 16th through 20th centuries…they give you these earphones that guide you through the museum and let you actually hear the instruments being played!...
…check out the pics…

[A little note on one of France’s historical gems: Madame Jeanne Guyon (born in France, 1648), definitely on my top 5 most admired women in history, maybe number one. More people should know about her, I think. She lived in Paris for some time, and in surrounding areas. I visited one of the places she was imprisoned—the infamous Bastille—because of her writings about prayer and intimacy with God. Her writings challenged much of what the Catholic Church was teaching at the time and she suffered infinitely as a result, but was never thwarted. People came from all over to learn from her about how to develop a prayer life. She wrote biblical commentaries, instructional books on prayer (I recommend the volume Experiencing Union with God Through Inner Prayer & The Way and Results of Union with God), poetry, and lyrics (found a link to a song she wrote that was adapted as a hymn: http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/m/y/l/mylordhf.htm).]

...it all begins with a cappuccino...

...it all begins with a cappuccino...

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice - check out this organ

Eglise Saint Sulpice - check out this organ

Eglise Saint Sulpice - organ again

Eglise Saint Sulpice - organ again

Bastille

Bastille

steak and fries lunch...sweeeet

steak and fries lunch...sweeeet

Shakespeare & Co bookstore

Shakespeare & Co bookstore

Shakespeare & Co bookstore

Shakespeare & Co bookstore

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - my little nook

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - my little nook

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - DaDaaahhh gotta love it

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - DaDaaahhh gotta love it

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - piano man #1

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - piano man #1

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - piano man #2

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - piano man #2

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - accordions

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - accordions

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - huuuggge upright

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - huuuggge upright

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - a 1935 hammond organ! ohhh yes

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - a 1935 hammond organ! ohhh yes

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - beloved piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - beloved piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - 19th century pianos

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - 19th century pianos

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - check out the heads

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - check out the heads

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harps w/ pedals

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harps w/ pedals

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - guitar

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - guitar

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - back of a guitar

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - back of a guitar

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - gorgeous harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - gorgeous harpsicord

...sunset in parc de monceau (around 10pm)...

...sunset in parc de monceau (around 10pm)...

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Weekend in Paris continues

Made it to a couple sessions at the conference this morning then headed out to see the city. Paris is known for its writers and its cafes so I had to combine those two and visit the cafe in Paris most known for the writers who wrote there, Les Deux Magots. Before having lunch there, went to
the church across the street--Eglise Saint Germain des Prés--the oldest church in Paris (gorgeous inside and folks go in throughout the day to pray, sit...no one speaks above a whisper). Grabbed lunch (and you'll seein the pics I wasn't alone), did some reading and writing (of course, waiters
don't rush you at all, so great, then saw a sign for Montparnasse (another famous artsy spot), started walking til I got there. Couldn't resist an evening in the Parc de Monceau again to end the day.

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Outside Les Deux Margots

Outside Les Deux Margots

Les Deux Margots cafe

Les Deux Margots cafe

Coffee and coke again...not much sleep last night...

Coffee and coke again...not much sleep last night...

Lunch at Les Deux Margots

Lunch at Les Deux Margots

Lunch at Les Deux Margots

Lunch at Les Deux Margots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

My lunch buddy at Les Deux Magots

Strollin' after lunch

Strollin' after lunch

Strollin'

Strollin'

Had to check out H&M in Paris

Had to check out H&M in Paris

Montparnasse

Montparnasse

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The Louvre Museum & Parc Monceau

After the conference sessions on Friday, I ventured to a food court outside of the Louvre and then to the Louvre museum.
The museum was incredible, overwhelmingly big but I focused on Italian paintings and some sculptures...
Navigating the train is pretty intuitive, getting the hang of it pretty quick.

I decided to find some fruit on the way home, however, and got lost on foot (lol)...turned out to be good because I asked for
directions and had to take a route through the Parc Monceau, where I ended up doing some reading. It stays light out until like 10:30pm here, as you'll see in the pics I took of the park. Not enough time to put them in any particular order...

Train map

Train map

Train system in Paris

Train system in Paris

Food court near the Louvre!!!

Food court near the Louvre!!!

Always a McDonalds...smh

Always a McDonalds...smh

Food court near the Louvre!!!

Food court near the Louvre!!!

the Louvre museum entrance

the Louvre museum entrance

Entering the Louvre

Entering the Louvre

Line is no joke for the Louvre

Line is no joke for the Louvre

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum - Mesopotamian era stuff

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Yes, the famous Mona Lisa...took a while to get close enough for a pic because of the crowds

Yes, the famous Mona Lisa...took a while to get close enough for a pic because of the crowds

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Highlights from the Louvre museum

Omw home...

Omw home...

Train ride home...gotta do a portrait of this kid

Train ride home...gotta do a portrait of this kid

Parc Monceau (around 9:45pm)

Parc Monceau (around 9:45pm)

Parc Monceau (around 9:45pm)

Parc Monceau (around 9:45pm)

Parc Monceau (around 9:45pm)

Parc Monceau (around 9:45pm)

Parc Monceau (around 9:45pm)

Parc Monceau (around 9:45pm)

Yes, just before 10pm it's this light out...leaving the Parc Monceau

Yes, just before 10pm it's this light out...leaving the Parc Monceau

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First couple days in Paris

the flight was uneventful (can't even remember one leg of it...fell asleep so hard...woke up and was in Iceland) note...don't fly Icelandair
for long flights, they do no feed you on the plane! my dinner ended up being some chips and chocolate covered raisins--the only thing other than shark meat and wine available in Iceland's airport (smh)

after a long bus ride into the city from the airport, i arrived in paris...took the metro and walk to my hotel (should have cabbed it but didn't realize how far it was lololo)

i haven't done much sight seeing yet...tonight the Louvre and writing at a cafe so should have some better pics soon. also planning on a boat ride through the city's canals and a visit to a couple famous cafes so stay tuned!

first cafe trip - day 1 - jet lag requires espresso and coke!

first cafe trip - day 1 - jet lag requires espresso and coke!

first cafe trip

first cafe trip

my hotel

my hotel

my hotel

my hotel

street in front of my hotel

street in front of my hotel

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