Our 3rd Paris Bucket Lists Checked: Notre Dame St. Michel Cathedral

In this post, I will still talk about me and my significant other’s bucket lists during our last trip to Paris. It was just last month since I went back from my second trip to Paris, we had so much fun last time which we’ll never forget.

Every time I travel abroad, especially to European countries, I always spare my times to visit some worship places, most of the times I went to many cathedrals just wants to see their old architecture as well as the interior design of the cathedrals. Basically, I love architecture and interior design, since long time ago.

So here I am gonna show you our good times during our visit to the famous and oldest Cathedral in Paris…

Notre Dame Cathedral.

It was a beautiful day during spring!

That was my second time to visit Notre Dame Cathedral. My first time went there back in 2015, but I was not able to go inside the Cathedral because I had limited short time of visit and plus, the queue was very loooong! Last month I went there with my boyfriend, the queue also very long but then it faster for the visitors who wanted to go in.

Oh, look at the details of the front of the building (Western facade)

As you can see from the whole architecture of this building, it is a medieval Catholic cathedral and very well-known as one of French Gothic architecture. The construction has begun in 1163 during Louis VII, and the elements were completed around 1345.

The Evolution of the Cathedral in France

As a Moslem, I really love to see and visit gothic cathedrals in Europe because first, we don’t have such very old buildings in my hometown, Jakarta. So it will be different experiences for me. And the last, I like to learn how they pray and try to look at every different worship places, as well as to understand their histories. I was so lucky that I have French boyfriend which also was my personal tour guide in Paris, so he could tell me all about the church and its history. Merci beaucoup mon sayang.. Bisous!

A view from the left-side of the Cathedral

In Indonesia, we have a lot of mosques, churches, monasteries (Vihara/Wihara is a Buddhist worship place), and some of the Hinduist temples (there are many of Hinduist temples in Bali). For me, it is important to learn other religious activities and cultures, because it will make us understand to each other’s belief as well as to embrace the differenciancies.

Magnificent view from behind of the Cathedral

Okay back to this Notre Dame, this cathedral located in Central of Paris. Where you can get the transportation easily by RER B (blue line), RER C (yellow line), and Metro Line 4 (fuschia), besides you can also reach the place easily by some busses.

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Pictures was taken by me.

5th Arrondissement of Paris, Île de la Cité.

Our 2nd Paris Bucket Lists Checked: Le Consulat, Montmartre

I could say that I fell in love with the Montmartre area. For me, it’s very different with Parisienne neighbourhood as in general. The buildings in Montmartre was more original and some are old buildings which turned into cafe, souvenir shop, and restaurant. I just wondering it could be beautiful to live around there, but on the other hand, it could be also a disaster because there is always so many foreign tourists in the area.

If you ever watched movies like Amélie, Midnight in Paris, Paris, I love you and Moulin Rouge, those are a few movie titles which had the movie set in Montmartre.This area also very well-known of a famous basilica called, Sacré-Cœur, there is also Moulin Rouge and this cafe…

Le Consulat

It was our first day together in Paris and we looooved it!

After a long journey from our place which located in south part of Paris then took a Metro to go to Sacré-Cœur, finally, we decided to have lunch in this cafe! Yassss, so happy. It was always on my bucket lists every time I visit Paris. I knew this restaurant maybe since earlier in 2000s, from many pictures that I pinned on my Pinterest and Googled! Somehow I also see that this cafe is a romantic one compare to the others cafe surround.

And because, I loooove the red colour, of course!

We were lucky because it was a sunny and beautiful day when we were there, even we had a bit of rain, but after the sun was shining brightly in front of the cafe.

This is the lovely guy who was helped me to fulfilled #OurParisBucketlists. Love you! XOXO

Well, in terms of the food in the menu, the price it’s quite pricey for some food. And oh, I really love the Omelette with fromage and champignon with the salad. Lovelovelove and so tasty!

Since we have common favourite food, like the mushroom, cheese, croissant, pain au chocolat, salad, nasi goreng and spices like garlic, onion, shallot and many more, so it was easy to pick the food for us.

Relaxed outside Le Consulat resto

We bought the Omelette with Fromage and Champignon and as a dessert we ordered Crêpes! The price for the omelette is around EUR 11, while Crêpes is EUR 7 (if I am not mistaken). They also have some other foods like some kind of salads, crêpes, pasta, seafood and any kind of drinks like wines, beers, cafe latte, cappuccino, and many more.

It was a sunny day in Montmartre
Look my happy face! I wore my new Parisienne red hat which I bought in souvenir shop around there!

So, don’t forget to stop by at this cafe once you will be in Montmartre!

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Picture was taken by: Me and him

Address: 18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris, France

Our 1st Paris Bucket Lists Checked: Sacré-Cœur

This is the first place which we put as our first must visit place while we were in Paris. Well, I actually was insisted on making our itinerary trip to Paris. I hardly in love with Sacré-Cœur and it was on my bucket list in 2015, but I didn’t have so much time to visit this Basilica. That is why I am the one who insisted on putting this in our first Paris Bucket Lists (and thank youuu for being so nice and received my idea, love ❤ hahaha).

Here I am gonna show you my amateur pictures which I took with my phone. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

The first #OurParisBucketlists checked!

La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre

A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the Montmartre, the highest point in the city. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. The construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

This Roman Catholic church construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914

The inspiration for Sacré Cœur’s design originated on 4 September 1870, the day of the proclamation of the Third Republic, with a speech by Bishop Fournier attributing the defeat of French troops during the Franco-Prussian War to a divine punishment after “a century of moral decline” since the French Revolution, in the wake of the division in French society that arose in the decades following that revolution, between devout Catholics and legitimist royalists on one side, and democrats, secularists, socialists, and radicals on the other.

There is a King Saint Louis IX statue above

The overall style of the structure shows a free interpretation of Romano-Byzantine features, an unusual architectural vocabulary at the time, which was a conscious reaction against the neo-Baroque excesses of the Palais Garnier cited in the competition. Many design elements of the basilica symbolise nationalist themes: the portico, with its three arches, is adorned by two equestrian statues of French national saints Joan of Arc (1927) and King Saint Louis IX, both executed in bronze by Hippolyte Lefebvre; and the nineteen-ton Savoyarde bell (one of the world’s heaviest), cast in 1895 in Annecy, alludes to the annexation of Savoy in 1860.

Stunning interior of the Basilica
A beautiful polaroid picture from us ❤

 

Source: Wikipedia

Picture taken by: Astrid Maharani

France Travel Bucket-list

  1. Paris DONE
  2. Provence-Alpes-Côte
  3. Cannes
  4. Marseille
  5. Annecy DONE
  6. Strasbourg DONE
  7. Chamonix DONE
  8. Toulouse DONE
  9. Dijon DONE
  10. Grenoble
  11. Alsace DONE
  12. Colmar DONE
  13. Normandy DONE
  14. Bordeaux
  15. Nice
  16. Nancy
  17. Lille
  18. Avignon
  19. Verdon Gorge
  20. Montpellier
  21. Bordeaux
  22. Lyon DONE
  23. Orléans DONE
  24. Versailles DONE
  25. Rennes
  26. Clermont-Ferrand
  27. Caen
  28. Le Havre
  29. Saint-Étienne
  30. Nîmes
  31. Ferney-Voltaire DONE
  32. Jura DONE
  33. Calais
  34. Rouen DONE

… and there will be another city in France, that I would like to visit. I will never get bored with France. Moreover, now I have my life partner who lives in there! I would like to discover France and the world with him.

Someone that I adore.

2017 Europe bucket-list!

  1. Zermatt, Switzerland
  2. Paris, France done
  3. Stockholm, Sweden done
  4. Copenhagen, Denmark done
  5. Vienna, Austria
  6. Hallstatt, Austria
  7. Venice, Italy done
  8. Rome, Italy done
  9. Vatican City, Italy done
  10. Florence, Italy
  11. Milan, Italy
  12. Zurich, Switzerland
  13. Montreaux, Switzerland
  14. Provence, France
  15. Marseille, France
  16. Lyon, France done
  17. Prague, Czech
  18. Brussel, Belgium
  19. Barcelona, Spain done
  20. Cordoba, Spain
  21. Seville, Spain
  22. Santorini, Greece
  23. Athens, Greece
  24. Sicily, Italy
  25. Oslo, Norway
  26. Amsterdam, Netherlands done
  27. Geneva, Switzerland done
  28. Kiruna, Sweden
  29. Annecy, France done
  30. Chamonix, France done
  31. Toulouse, France done
  32. Lausanne, Switzerland done
  33. Cannes, France
  34. Dijon, France done
  35. Grenoble, France
  36. Strasbourg, France
  37. Alsace, France
  38. Colmar, France
  39. Normandy, France
  40. Bordeaux, France
  41. Nice, France
  42. Nancy, France