The ‘City of Lights’ has housed artists of all trades for many generations and continues to welcome more tourists than any other single destination worldwide each year. For some, it is the epitome of their travels to see the Eiffel Tower or walk the Champs-Elysées; for others it’s a haven of beautiful art that is visited and appreciated; and for others it’s a second home. I have told many people about the monuments and the wonders that Paris holds. However, it’s the lifestyle; the cafes and the pace of life that seem to entice the world to its doorstep via Charles de Gaulle International Airport or one of the many major train stations connecting Paris to the rest of its European neighbors.
My new husband and I landed early in the morning in late September. As most of us that come from the US experience, it is an overnight flight that will land you in Europe early the next day. After an easy sweep to pick up our backpacks, we took the RER B train into the city and got off at the Gare du Nord. From here, it was a short cab ride to the Montmartre neighborhood where our hotel was located. Unfortunately, we had one lost wallet on the way and the morning’s adventures did not turn out as expected, but eventually we were sitting in a café, drinking espresso and eating croissants…. The way it should be; people watching and the hustle and bustle as local Parisians go about their daily business. Relaxation – the wedding was over, work and obligations, family and friends, even our home were miles away… and it was amazing.
The Mercure Montmartre Sacre Coeur is located in the 18th arrondissement in Paris. (If you’re unsure what arrondissement, or district, you are in in Paris, just check the last 2 digits of the zip code). It is a very nice hotel with English speaking attendants, a luggage room for early arrivals/late departures, a bar/restaurant area, a breakfast room and 9 floors of rooms. Buildings in Paris are capped at a certain height so our room from the 9th floor, which also boasted a king bed, complimentary mini-bar and bathrobes, had a spectacular view with the whitewashed Basilica walls of Sacre Coeur to our left and