Hello and Happy Easter to you all!
Our Sunday morning started bright and early with Easter mass in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. We took our seats about 15 minutes before mass started and watched as the rest of the pews quickly filled up. Mass was done in French, but luckily we were given copies of Magnificat in English which made it easy to follow along. Like Taylor said, we can now cross Easter Sunday service in Notre Dame off our bucket list!
We popped over to a (surprisingly) quiet cafe right across from the Notre Dame for a Parisian Easter Brunch- orange juice, cappuccino, hot chocolate, and croissants. Fuel for a long day of walking!
Love Lock Bridge.
Since we were finally graced with sunshine and blue skies, we planned on visiting two sites with a view of the city- Montmartre Hill and Arc de Triomphe.
Spotted Moulin Rouge on our way up to Montmartre.
We made it to the very top of the hill and were greeted by the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which marks the highest point of the city. A beautiful view, but the crowds were so thick that we only wanted to snap a few pictures then head back down to explore more of Montmartre.
Crêpes were had once again- this time in a charming cafe on a small side street away from the crowds!
After walking around Montmartre hill, we made our way down to the Arc de Triomphe, our second viewpoint of the day.
We were determined to make it to the top so we waited the 30 minutes in line, paid our 7 euro entrance fee, and climbed the 195 steps to the top of the structure. It was so worth it. We were able to pick out all of the prominent points and really appreciate how much walking we have done over the past 3 days!
Easter dinner was comprised of a fresh baguette, French cheese, salami, and a bottle of wine… all purchased in the fresh air market a few blocks from our apartment!
Signing off tonight with a couple sunset pictures over the Seine. Happy Easter!