Next, Taylor took me to the Saint Ouen Markets. It was fun walking through the old antiques and glimpsing some of the traditional French clothes and objects. Then we climbed to the top of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city to see the Sacré-Cœur and views of Paris.
We continued through the labyrinth streets and saw a few kids having a bake sale, so we stoped to buy a few treats to bring to our dinner with Ashley, Taylor's friend from the Ecole du Louvre. Ashley cooked us a delicious asparagus mushroom risotto and salad. I love the intimate experience of traveling with friends because it allows me to imagine what it might be like to live in a city, instead of just feeling like a tourist.
Then I made it to the Louvre! I had heard stories about how big the Louvre is, but didn't quite realize how big it is until I got there. I have a fairly good stamina for art and museums, but the Louvre is something different.