France, Day 4: More Paris Sights

MAY 1, 2019

Just like in PH, France celebrates its Labor Day on May 1. We took a chance to see if we can visit Palais Garnier but it was closed on that day. Some train stations were also closed because of areas where the rallies were concentrated.

We ate lunch at M’s favorite Thai restaurant while I also bought a pack of fresh strawberries as baon.

M suggested we go to Montmartre instead and visit Sacré-Cœur, which he was sure was open despite the holiday. No surprise though that there were a lot of locals and tourists when we got there.

SACRÉ-CŒUR (Sacred Heart) is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is currently the 2nd highest point in Paris so you can be sure that it offers a good view of the city. Photography is not allowed inside so I have no picture of the interior.

We took the funicular going down and in spite of the long line, the waiting time was short because it could accommodate a lot of people.

We dropped by outside MOULIN ROUGE

…then went to PIERRE HERMÉ for macarons. M recommended this place because he prefers it over Laduree. Not that I know their difference but Pierre Hermé’s macarons tasted good.

Our last stop was CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS. It was so devastating to hear the news of the big fire while we were in Rome. A part of me wished that we had Paris first in our itinerary but that would not work out for our plans. The place was off limits and guarded by the police to make sure no one would attempt to enter.

To cap off our day, we had dinner at CHEZ GLADINES. M and I ordered the same dish – duck confit – while my sister got the chicken simmered in red sauce.

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