Well it certainly seems that some stunning weather has joined me from Australia, as Paris has been magic weatherwise over the past few days. I had to laugh as I joked with an Instagram buddy recently that it would be beautiful as soon as I arrived in Paris and sure enough it has been stunning. I always believe if you tell the universe exactly what you want it does it best to provide. And provide wonderful weather the past few days it certainly has.
I’m going to be sharing a few of my favourite spots in Paris over the next few weeks as I just LOVE this city and so want to share a little bit of it’s magic. I know I am terribly lucky to be enjoying Paris in the Springtime and especially as I am taking photos of gorgeous children and families here during May.
So after featuring Places des Vosges yesterday today it’s Sacre Coeur or Sacred Heart. This is one of my favourite spots in Paris ….
Actually I have to confess the area around Sacre Coeur can be pretty grotty and is terribly toursity but if you can put that to the side and avoid all those dreadful tourist shops and people trying to sell you ‘happiness’ wristbands it’s fabulous. I’ve always loved the merry-go-round or manege at the base of Sacre Coeur. And looking up for the first time to the striking basilica church that looks out over Paris is an impressive moment I will never forget.
When we first moved to Paris all those years ago we lived on the other side of Montmartre in Lamarck. It’s a lovely area away from all of the tourists and has a lovely village feel. We lived there for about a year and on reflection I think it was where I had my happiest of times in Paris. Each weekend my hubby and I would walk up the hill, munch on our baguette and sit on the steps of Sacre Coeur looking out over Paris, talking of our dreams and plans for the future. I’ve always felt connected to Sacre Coeur. It is breathtaking and always a great spot for reflection. Today I reflected somewhat differently to how I did in 2003 but once again my thoughts went to my hopes, dreams and vision for the future. I’m hoping to get back to Sacre Coeur a few more times this trip and to do some more thinking. I found it recharging and soul soothing … and after all don’t we all need a little soothing of our souls. And what better place than Paris!