Went to Basilique St Denis yesterday afternoon. After crowded metro, St Denis town was like a haven of something more rural when you emerged into the square. There is something very special about the feeling created when so much space is left free with the buildings on the edges.
Loved seeing the Basilica. It is an amazing edifice, built over time so it reflects various styles, eg Romanesque merged with Gothic. Lots of French royalty were buried here, and there were tombs of Kings and Queens galore.
When I got back to the hostel, I re-read my info and realised this was an important gathering place for pilgrims from the north. So I was inadvertently on the pilgrim trail already!