My favorite part of our holiday in Paris was our last day there, especially the morning. I got it into my head that I was going to photograph the sunrise, and somehow I managed to get Will in on it with me. So the night before I set the alarm for the crack of dawn (also known as 5am) to catch the very first train out to Montmartre. Unfortunately the train got us to Sacre Coeur as the sun was rising BUT I wasn’t going to complain because it was still epic.
As soon as we got out of the metro we huffed and puffed our way up the steps of Sacre Coeur to catch as much of the early light as possible. Of course, my body is waaaaaaay out of shape and Will was technically still asleep, becasue he hadn’t had any coffee yet. So we were a bit slow. Plus we had to dodge a lot of broken bottles but it was worth it.
After catching our breath we took some pictures of the sunrise and then just stood at the top of the steps, taking it all in. Not just the beauty that is the city of Paris, but the fact that Will and I have spent half of the last 12 months apart. I was thinking about how we would both be getting on a train back to Edinburgh the next day. We stood there in silence, grateful to be in Paris again and grateful to not have to say goodbye to each other the next morning. I’m over saying goodbyes.
I say this knowing full well that I will be saying goodbye to some of our closest friends who are moving back to Canada in two days — darn you, Canada! <raised fist>
Another thing that made this morning my absolute favorite was that Montmartre was empty! It was quiet and peaceful. We walked through the streets almost feeling like we traveled back in time to when Hemingway or Fitzgerald roamed these streets. It wasn’t crammed full of tourists, or pick pockets, or vendors trying to sell you light up toys, or artists trying to draw your portrait. It felt like it was all ours to explore!
After getting in our share of exploring—and hitting a wall because we still hadn’t had any breakfast or coffee/tea—we met up with some new friends, Jonathan and Amy, at Marlette. Mutual friends put us in touch earlier this year and Johnathan took the same French course as Will. They’re moving to St. Andrews where he is starting his PhD so we’ll get to see them in Scotland too!
So that was our morning in Montmartre!