Friday, November 20, 2015
Yesterday was a day for exploring our neighborhood. We walked out the door, turned right and found a great Turkish lunch; a grocery store with all kinds of pâtés, terrines, and other stuff; lots of people; a full blown demonstration; a quiet walk along the canal; and beer. The most remarkable thing . . . The only vehicles on the streets were police, emergency vehicles, and taxis. As part of the demonstration regarding climate change, the city had banned all personal vehicles for the day. What a change that makes!
First, Bascilica of St. Denis, home of the original Gothic arch and the first building to use stained glass in a large format. It is also the final resting place for 72 French kings and queens. Of course, for some the monuments only mark where they were before revolutionaries removed them.
Second, Sacré-Cœur, one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. The funicular ride to the top wasn't too shabby either.
The first came with lunch, the second with beer. Each is fabulous in its own way.