Souvenir means to “See Again” and each time I see the familiar iconic places that make Paris one of the most visited cities in the world it solidifies my need to make my pilgrimage to Paris each year. I travel to other spectacular places in the world, but the desire to set foot in Paris is as strong as my need to be by the ocean each summer. The sights and smells are like no other and fill my heart with joy!
Each time I gaze up at the Eiffel Tower I am filled with the same romantic memories of my first visit to this magnificent monument. I was with the love of my life and we spent te 100th year anniversary of the tower on New Year’s Eve. The city was alive with Parisians hugging and kissing one another and laughing in the streets. It’s the stuff that movies are made of, but I was able to star in my own live play opposite my one and only leading man! Sharing this place with gal pals is a gift that keeps on giving – seeing others take in the view and create their own fond memories is a treat.
Gal pals, if visiting for the first time, will tour the Louvre, Notre Dame and Sacré Coeur. The ones who have been before introduce me to new places or take off on their own adventures to fulfill their desire to see something they have dreamed about. One year Clare and Christine went to St. Denis and I know thought it was amazing and recommend a visit there.
The Cluny Museum is in the heart of the 6th arr. and has an interesting hotel attached. I recommend you visit this on Sunday as it is open and within walking distance of Notre Dame.
The Musée Marmottan is home to an extensive collection of Monet’s works. It is located next to a park and is in a charming old home that makes you feel as if you are truly viewing a private art collection rather than touring in a museum. The scale of some of the pieces is intense and the enormity of the collection is extraordinary. I am forever grateful to Wilfried and Pascal Genest for the private tour they gave me of this French national treasure. Wilfried was a very impressive young man at the time who inspired me to view art with the innocent eyes of a child.
The Sacred Heart Basilica (La Basilique du Sacré Coeur) is my favorite church of all time in any city in the world! When you go inside you will be struck with the vibrant colors and smiling faces found upon the walls and ceiling of this magnificent cathedral. Catholic churches are predominately sedate places, but this place is alive with a happy and Holy Spirit that transcends all languages and religions. It offers a unique view of the splendor of Paris and is surrounded by small cafés where new artists paint alongside the galleries displaying works of art by old masters.