Montmartre 

Bonjour!

Our second day in Paris was as glorious as the first. We walked from our place in Le Marais, up the hill to Sacré-Cœur, up and down through Montmartre, finishing up at the Musée des Arts et Métiers back in Le Marais.

All this adventuring needs a French brew to get the day going.

As we walked through our neighborhood, your blogger soaked up the ridiculously cool Frenchness of it all.

Look! A friggin cheese shop.

The hike up to Sacré-Cœur was solid.

As the little cobble stone streets snaked their way up the hill, we got some epic views.

Straight up got in something like 1,000 stairs today, dude.

But damn, was it worth it!

Turning the bend and catching my first glimpse of Sacré-Cœur was a true life experience. This magnificent church sitting atop a massive hill in the center of the city is one of those places that leaves a legit impact on you.

One of Di’s favorite memories from her last Parisian stay (17 years ago) was climbing up the stairs to the top of the church, which, of course, I was totally down for.

It was beastmode going up these narrow spiraling staircases!

(Di was feelin’ the claustrophobia at this point. It was no joke.)

But the view was soooooo worth it.

One of my absolute favorite touristy things to do when arriving in a city is to get a really solid view from way up high. There’s something about the character of a place that can only be fully understood when you compliment your on-the-ground experiences with the dramatic hilltop vistas.

As we meandered through Montmartre, the wife and I strolled passed the artists and cafes lining the streets.

Enjoying this really awesome cobble stone section of the city.

Ugh. Paris is just too much adorable sometimes.

We hit up the Musée des Arts et Métiers in the afternoon. It was legit!!!

An industrial design museum, this place is truly one of a kind.

The whole thing was a history of science and engineering and human badassery.

This is a glass sculpture of sound waves.

The whole sound exhibit was friggin next level!

The whole museum had stuff like this:

Dubbity nerding out to old school acoustic experiments.

This was an early industrial printing press.

Really amazing that so much awesome has been saved and preserved.

In the center of the building was this dope as fuck flying machine thing.

It never worked, but what it lacks in functionality it made up for in radness.

And that brings us to this afternoon.

We’ve walked nearly 17 miles in under 48 hours here in Paris, and are feeling a bit knackered.

But, getting to experience this city with Di Won is an experience that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.

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