Only a week after the horrendous attacks on the 13th November it was a different city to the one I have visited in the past. When we arrived on Thursday afternoon the station was very quiet, we dumped our cases at the hotel and took the metro to Notre Dame for a quick wander before it got dark
then on to a little restaurant in the Italian quarter where we feasted on seafood pastas and risotto.
On Saturday morning the sun was shining so we caught the bus to Gare du Nord and walked to Montmartre stopping at the Marche St Pierre (5 floors of fabric heaven with prices starting at 1.99 a metre) and Tissus Reine for more fabric and trimmings.
Then up the steps to Sacre Coeur (OK - 2 of us went on the lift and 2 climbed the steps),
On Sunday we spent the morning at the Louvre and had a leisurely lunch in one of the cafes there and then caught the train back home.
It was a lovely break, but our thoughts were very much with the residents of Paris who made us feel so welcome at such a difficult time.