A Day On My Own

No matter how much you love your travel companion, some days you just want to do your own thing. So, today I  struck out on my own for some shopping and sightseeing while John opted to feed his Paris park addiction via another long bike ride.

I headed up to one of my favorite parts of the city, Montmartre, to say “Hello” to Sacre Coeur and its surroundings.

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I also sought out the Cimitière du Montmartre where I planned to enjoy a tranquil stroll before heading to lunch. I cut my visit short as they were busy shooting a movie scene there.

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After bagging gifts for everyone on my list, I left the shops and art market of Montmartre to feed my own Paris park addiction at Parc Monceau.

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This 18th-century park was first established by Phillippe d’Orléans, Duke of Chartres, a cousin of King Louis XVI — both of whom lost their heads in the French Revolution. It’s filled with follies, replicas of objects from other times and places, which were popular in parks/gardens at the time. Consequently, you can see what looks like the remains of a Roman colonnade…

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as well as an Egyptian pyramid.

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In the 19th century, Baron Haussman made Parc Monceau the first public park in his transformation of the city. Many statues of famous writers and painters were added — all of which have young women (wives, daughters, or mistresses?) gazing adoringly up at the gentleman immortalized in stone.

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All except for this one statue. She just looked terribly bored and unaware of His Greatness.

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Parc Monceau contains the obligatory French carousel which seems to populate every public space in the country.

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I chose to visit Parc Monceau today mainly because it is extremely easy to get to. Step up out of the Monceau metro station on Line 2 and voila — the ornate, old gate leading into the park is right there.

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But it turned out to be a delightful surprise! It was a great way to cap off a day on my own.

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