Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine

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  • Day2

    And finally....... Paris

    August 21, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    The flight from Dubai to Paris was fortunately uneventful, although the plane was very full - so much so that we were seated 14 rows apart (the intervening space was filled by a young French sports team on their way back from a trip to Africa and they provided both a somewhat noisy and rather fragrant backdrop). About 7 hours on the plane, 2 meals (including wine - very nice, but I was a touch surprised that Emirates offered alcohol - glad they did though), and 2 movies later we had a bit or a bouncy landing at CDG Airport. Passport control was rather quick but bag collection took ages (maybe the French baggage handlers were on a go slow). Final customs clearance seemed to just consist of walking out of the door under the board eye of a large group of police types - no forms or bag checks!! We quickly located the train and - bonus - discovered that because the ticket system was "broken" we could travel into Paris for "free". the route in was through largely industrial areas but there were some lovely old brick and stone buildings along the way too... at one station a small cat even got into our carriage and had a wander up and down - no one seemed to think it was in anyway odd. Once at Gare du Nord it was only a 20 minute walk to the Hostel. The area around that station doesn't seem very salubrious with large groups of African men hanging around in the bars and on the street corners, but the area around the hostel seems nicer. The hostel itself is a little tired looking but does have a cafe, a bar and a pleasant deck overlooking the large rear courtyard. First order a shower and change of clothes - then perhaps it will be time to make some plans....?Read more

  • Day4

    300 Steps to the dome

    August 23, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Getting back to Paris we once again utilised the metro and found our way to the Abbesses station from here it was an easy walk to the Montmartre Funicular – further bonus – the metro ticket (we have a 7,50 Euro all day zone 1 & 2) grants you free access to the funicular – we jumped aboard and about 30 seconds later we had reached the top of the hill and were ready to visit the Cathedral of Sacre Coeur. The Church is lovely but I felt it had a more Byzantium, feel to it as compared to say Notre Dame – there were more murals and mosaics and some of the stained glass had an almost Dali/Picassocesque (is that a word?) feel to them. It was free to enter the Cathedral but for an extra 6 euro you could climb the 300 steps to the dome. I did and it was well worth it. You start with about 150 steps up a really narrow and steep spiral staircase, then it is up and down over the roof and then another spiral to reach the balcony around the dome. The view over Paris is SPECTACULAR, well worth it and really the climb wasn’t that taxing. After that it was back down the 300 steps, down the hill from Sacre Coeur (passing the carousel from Amile) and, via the Montmatre tourist strip, back to the MetroRead more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine, Place du Marche Sainte-Catherine

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