If you’ve been reading here you know that I got terribly sick in Paris, the night after we visited Père Lachaise cemetery. I spent all day Friday in bed. DB finally went out Friday afternoon and walked around by himself. I insisted. Saturday I felt better so we made our way to Montmartre. I had never been to the Sacre Coeur or Monmartre, and plus that’s the area where the fabric store is, so that was our first priority.
We took the Paris Metro everywhere over the weekend. It’s fast and easy and can get you to any part of town. I was still weak from being sick so I wasn’t about to spend a lot of time walking.
Here are a few photos from Saturday:
Here are the steps we walked up to get to the top. Yes, I took it slow and steady!
It was early when we got to Monmartre – about 10am. This ice-cream shop was just opening. You can see the piles of fresh homemade ice-cream, just waiting for the first scoop to be made.
After walking around a little while, we headed back to the bottom of the Sacre Coeur, and just a little to the east, to find the fabric store I was looking for. What I didn’t know was that there is a whole NEIGHBORHOOD of fabric stores there!!! It’s a sewers paradise. The first shop we went into was the one I saw in the travel book, “Dreyfus Déballage”. It is 5 floors of rolls of fabric of any kind you can think of. Here I bought 100% silk fabric to make M.’s bolero for her wedding dress:
I was also searching for fabric for a dress I want to make to wear to the wedding, but I didn’t find it in this shop. We went across the street and I found some wonderful heavy cotton fabric. Here’s what I bought:
You’ll be seeing a lot more about sewing here on this blog in the next months! I haven’t sewn anything for a long long time, but I’m really excited to get back into it. Anyway, back to Paris….
After our morning out and about, we went back to the hotel to drop off the goods and rest up for the afternoon. We headed back out towards the Jardin des Plantes (Garden of Plants). It wasn’t all that exciting really. The iris garden was no longer in bloom. The rose garden looked sad and neglected. We ended up sitting on a bench near the little zoo and rested up a bit. DB took the mandatory photo of me knitting in public:
DB wanted to visit the famous Mosque that has been turned into a tea room, which wasn’t too far away. It’s small but very beautiful inside. We drank strong sweet Arabic tea and had sweets:
From here we decided to continue on to the Jardin du Luxembourg. On the way, we passed the Pantheon, which started it’s life as a church but is now a museum dedicated to famous French men. Yes, only men, specifically stated.
At the end of the street in front of the Pantheon, we heard loud music and saw balloons. What was happening? We walked over to check it out and it was the Paris Gay Parade! We stood and watched for a little while. I have to say, the Amsterdam Gay Parade is much more lively and fun. Still, it was funny to just stumble on it happening. DB wanted me to take this photo of the “Gay Lib” float (Gay Librarians).
Finally we made it to the Jardin du Luxembourg and sat for a while, just hanging out. It was a beautiful day and lots of people were in the parks, doing just what we were doing.
By this point in the day I was exhausted. We walked back to the Latin Quarter, sat in a nice square and watched people go by, I ate a little soup and then we went back to the hotel. Considering how sick I was, I counted it as a very very good day!