A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon my blog-buddy Marcia’s post about the things she didn’t get to see during her recent trip to Paris. As I perused her list I realized (once again) how fortunate I’ve been to visit often—and to see so much.
I thought Marcia might enjoy a small preview of what she’ll see next time. So last week I posted some photos of the first five places on Marcia’s wish list. Now it’s time for the second half of her wish list.
6. La Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre • To me, this church looks like a giant white wart on Paris’ otherwise creamy complexion. But you can catch some good street musicians there, and the view from its steps is breathtaking. Watch your wallet, though—the pickpockets love this spot, too.
7. Musée d’Orsay • Housed in a former train station, this museum’s building is almost as stunning as its collection. Here you’ll find an entire room of Van Goghs, Whistler’s Mother, Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass, and hundreds of other masterpieces that will make you exclaim, “I can’t believe I’m seeing it with my own eyes!”
8. Montparnasse • Montparnasse was once home to Henry Miller, Salvador Dali, Jean Miró, Diego Rivera and many other brilliant writers and artists. And although some traces of the district’s literary heyday remain, today Montparnasse is more often associated with its 55-story tower, its lively nightlife, and its budget-conscious shopping district.
9. Château de Versailles • Construction of this opulent palace began in 1661 under architect Louis Le Vau, but Louis XIV didn’t officially establish his court there until 1682. To tour the palace is to understand the French revolution: The ostentation made me want to grab a pitchfork and a torch. But a visit to the gardens is divine.
10. Luxembourg Palace and Luxembourg Gardens • Marie de Medici’s former palace now houses government offices, so the public rarely gets a glimpse inside. But the gorgeous gardens are where seemingly all of Paris spends its Sunday afternoons.
So there you go, Marcia … something to look forward to on your next trip to Paris!