La Grande Mosquée - An oasis in the middle of Paris
Along with croissants, café au lait, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, Paris is also known for its gorgeous architecture and aesthetics. Often replicated in America (I'm thinking restaurants, bistros, cafés and well, Las vegas...), it feels totally different once you're here, looking at the OGs.
Justin & I love interior design and architecture... Which is one of the reasons why we decided to spend a month in Paris. However, I also have a profound admiration for Moroccan tile work, colors and intricacy. I promise to one day visit Morocco, its souks, hamam baths, temples and other great architectural achievements, but until then, I have found my own little Arabian oasis, right here, in the middle of the city: L'Insitut Musulman de la Grande Mosquée de Paris.
With everything happening in the world; politics, disagreements and violence, visiting this Islamic mosque was the most peaceful and inspiring thing I've done on this trip so far. Upon entering, you can't help but to feel a sense of calmness and respect for a religion often misunderstood. Simply put, you forget you are smack in the middle of the most visited city in the world.
Cost: 3€ for a visit and 2.50€ for a delicious Moroccan mint tea (they also have a restaurant that serves lamb stews and couscous).
Note: The mosque is open for visits everyday except for Friday, which is reserved for prayers.
La Grande Mosquée de Paris: 2bis Place du Puits de l'Ermite, 75005 Paris