Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Paris, circa 1999. My sister and I were taking a multi stop European tour which included Paris, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, and Brussels. Checking on the weather in advance, my aunt had told me to expect "sweater" weather. When we came, though, it was freezing (mid 40's) so I bought this furry leather coat at the Marche Aux Puces, which is tied to my waist in this picture. My sis and I had a great time that year (before the birth of digital cameras!!) taking turns running up the steps & being goofy.
Some people make it a point to go to the Eiffel Tower each time they visit Paris, but my favorite thing to do is to climb the steps to the Sacré-Cœur. I do it every time and it never disappoints. If the weather is nice we'll walk around Montmartre and sit at one of the cafes for a crepe and a coffee, or if we're in the mood, we'll stop at the Dali museum, but most of the time I climb those steps just so I can sit at the top, take a breath, people watch and take in the view of Paris beneath me.
I've been reminiscing all weekend about Paris, looking through old photos, and in all of them, there is one main theme: Joy.