Yes, we kept going after that crazy bike ride. When you only have one full day in a city jammed with a bazillion things to see you can’t call it a day after a little bike ride! We stopped at this amazing patisserie to refuel before heading up to Montmartre to see the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur.Montmartre is the super hilly bohemian/artsy area of Paris. It’s where Midnight in Paris was filmed (I think). It’s hilly narrow streets are lined with cute little cafes and quirky smashed together buildings. I loved it. At the very top of the hill Montmartre is crowned by the basilica of Sacré-Coeur. It shines like a palace at the top of the city and it’s steps are packed with people romancing, eating, talking, taking in the city of lights laid out below. The view is pretty darn spectacular. We sat on the steps and ate our goods from the bakery. It was pretty much what you imagine doing in Paris. we took a peek inside and did some more breath taking. it was grand. Peter spent a lot of time charming everyone around him. By the time we left our little perch everyone around us knew him by name. We watched this amazing guy perform all kinds of feats on that lamppost. Charlie was amazed by the way he could move his body and kept hat ball spinning. We all were. Emmeline produced some winning poses. And did a lot of “mothering” Peter. She always crosses her legs like that when she gets into her “mother friend” mode. Peter can only tolerate so much of Emmeline’s mothering. Charlie and Hazel obsessed about their souvenirs. I was pleased as punch when they spent their last Euro that they had won from Grandfather.
It was so fun hanging out with my mom and dad there. They are always up for any kind of adventure. They are helpful with the kids. They are fun to talk to. They treat us and treat us and treat us. I wish we could always travel with them!
We went back, exhausted to our hotel and after putting the kids down we had a little ice cream (as if we didn’t eat enough good food throughout the day!) party in my parents room while we discussed life and the world.
I’m not sure we’ll want to relive that day anytime soon, but I’m so happy we lived it once.