What a great decision that was! We met a lovely woman named Marie outside of her train stop and met up with a young Saudi American couple (they were very friendly, both currently working as brand managers for Mars in Dubhai). Marie suggested some menu ideas and let us choose what we wanted and then we were off to the outdoor market.
I can't tell you enough how much I love outdoor markets! Everything at this market was fresh and organic. There were so many fruits and vegetables I had never seen as well as many different cuts of meat and fish that aren't common in the USA. I could've spent the entire day ogling the food but we had to stay on track and get what we needed for our cooking class!
Marie made us all a cup of tea and we got to work learning how to be authentic French cooks! Here are some pictures of the food we made.
We left Marie's home with full bellies and happy hearts!
From there, we headed home to freshen up and get ready for Sacre Coeur. Sacre Coeur is one of Russell's favorite places in Paris. He said he always had fun there when he was a little kid. We were trying to get there before the sunset so we could watch it from the top of the mountain, but of course we missed it. All was not lost though! The view of the city at night from Sacre Coeur is remarkable.
After we took in the view from the steps, we went inside the chapel. It was breathtakingly beautiful, and so moving. The quiet made it easy to sit, reflect and thank God for our good fortune and ability to take such a wonderful vacation. I could've stayed for hours.
Upon leaving the chapel, we took a little trip up the cobblestone streets to the square where the local artists are drawing and painting. We were getting there just as everyone was painting their last strokes and taking down their easels. We did a little haggling with a man for a beautiful painting but decided not to get it as we couldn't decide if he had actually painted it himself. Of course we did a little more wandering and headed back to the steps of the chapel to drink some hot wine and watch some fun street performers sing Beetles tunes.
To bed we went with happy hearts and full bellies!