Our second full day in Paris, Monday, we discovered a market street called Mouffetard (on a tip from my boss, Amy). It’s a lot like Pittsburgh’s Strip District, but favors very small family-owned stores and vendors. We wanted breakfast, so we bought a baguette and some cheese from our new friend, who shall be now known as L’homme de Fromage (Cheese Man). Valerie asked him in French if he had a recommendation for a French cheese, he had us try Comte, and it was delicious. This is what vendors on the street market look like:

We decided to climb ourselves to the highest place in Paris, the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. We decided to go sans-map, basically finding our way from the combination of tracking the towering Basilique and always trying to head uphill. Going up through the beautiful Montmarte district:

The Sacré-Cœur was absolutely breath taking, both inside and out. Valerie and I explored the inside, which was a large Catholic Church. I unfortunately couldn’t take any pictures inside, but the climb to the highest point in Paris on top of the Sacré-Cœur was humbling and amazing. Look at some of these pitcures:

Also, this guy (street/street lamp performer) was awesome.