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Sacre-Coeur, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees - 5/8/2016

We ate our continental breakfast at the hotel and boarded the buses around 10:00am for a day of touring around Paris.  Our first stop was Sacre-Coeur, formally known as The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.  Sacre Coeur is French for "sacred hearth".  This Roman Catholic church sits atop a hill north of central Paris overlooking all of the city.


Sacre-Coeur

Jenny, Kouree and I toured the inside of the basilica.  The artwork, stained-glass windows, architecture and sculptures were inspiring.  As the sounds of the angelic choir and pipe organ filled the basilica, I was emotionally moved.  It was then that I realized that it was Sunday and this was the morning mass.  Being on vacation I had lost track of which day of the week it was, but now this had become a very special moment.


Sacre-Coeur

We left the sanctuary and made our way to the side of the church where we paid a few Euros to climb the 300 steps to the top of the dome of the basilica.


Me

We spent over an hour and a half exploring the church inside and out.  We also took some time shopping along the nearby streets.

The tour buses took us past the Moulin Rouge on our way to the next stop.


Moulin Rouge

All of the Marching 110 arrived at the Eiffel Tower, but this time we went to the top.  All of Marching 110, friends and family journeyed to the highest point in Paris.


Eiffel Tower

Sarah and Me

We also had extra time after descending from the summit.  I took this opportunity to explore the parks surrounding the tower.


Eiffel Tower

For the rest of the day everyone in the group was given the chance to explore Paris on their own.  Kouree, Jenny and I made the one mile walk to the Arc de Triomphe.


Arc de Triomphe

Once we arrived here we discovered another surprising fact of the day, it was V-E Day, Victory in Europe Day.  We found out that the President of France had been here just a few hours before.


Arc de Triomphe

The Parisians were celebrating.  The Champ Elysees was closed to traffic from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre and the people filled the street.


Champ Elysees

We could hear the revelers in the distance singing Volare and the people danced in the street.


The three of us walked along the Champ Elysees while we enjoyed the crowd and did some shopping.  We ate at Vesuvio on Champ Elysees, where I had a burger and fries.  Truly french fries.


We made our way to the Metro at Franklin D. Roosevelt Station for the ride to Trocadéro.  From there it was a short walk to Trocadéro Gardens where we were joined by Sarah to watch the sunset and evening lights of the Eiffel Tower.


Eiffel Tower

We took two hours enjoying the sights and sounds.  Relaxing on the grass as night fell, the spray of the nearby fountains, the distant carousel and vendors sold their wares.  The four of us had a beautiful evening, capping off a full day of activities.


Two metro stops later we were back at the hotel for a good night’s sleep.


Tomorrow we are off to Notre Dame and a dinner cruise on the Seine River.


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