Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Honeymoon Vacation - Day Five and Six
Day five of our honeymoon brought us the Montmartre area of Paris, a visit to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, a chance encounter with the Moulin Rouge, a stroll through the Montmartre Cemetery and a mad dash through the Paris Catacombs.
We took the Metro to the Montmarte. I knew Scott would LOVE the Montmarte which he did. Since the climb to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica is such a climb, we decided to take the Funicular to the top. Unfortunately I stupidly crashed my knee in to the glass bench next to the Funicular. Scott and I sat on the bench until my knee recovered and then took a ride to the top.
After walking through the Basilica, we headed through the Montmarte. I love the vibe of that area. It's alive with artists, vendors and beautiful food. The strawberries sold in France are a wonderful variety, full of sweetness.
We stumbled upon the Moulin Rouge and snapped a dozen or so photos before heading to the Montemare Cemetery and DeGas's grave.
The stroll through the cemetery was actually quite lovely. It was quiet and there were a lot of cats hanging out on the graves. We had a great rest before moving onto the Paris Catacombs.
The catacombs were frankly too much for me. I hate being underground and combined with hundreds of skulls, human bones and gloom, it was too much for me. I darted quickly through the catacombs while Scott took his time and enjoyed the art of the bones.
Once outside of the catacombs, we walked the Parisian streets back to our hotel room, enjoying our last evening in Paris. I love the open markets with shellfish, fruit, veggies and flowers proudly displayed.
On our sixth day, we woke up early and headed to the Gare Nord for our train to Bruges.
We were worried about travel delays due to the volcanic ash from Iceland but since we had reservations, we were set. We had a lovely ride to Bruges where we checked into the most awesome of awesome B&B's.
We stayed at the Speelmansrei (www.bb-speelmansrei-brugge.be) and Kees was the best B&B host, I've ever encountered.
We had tea at a lovely tea room called Merveilleux before walking around Bruges. We headed to bed early that night ready for another day in Bruges.