There IS an elevator!
Yes, there is an elevator and we used it with our toddler in the stroller. It will only take you to the museum and the (small) gift store. You'll have to walk about 2 more flight of stairs to get to the top for the wonderful view. The elevator is reserved for stroller, elderly, and wheelchairs.
Studying French in France
STUDY FRENCH!!! If you've always wanted to learn French or want to improve your knowledge, there is nothing like learning it in Paris where you will be immersed daily in the language, will meet other interesting people, and will have such a variety of activities to do and things to see. And it is truly a bargain because the French are very proud of their language so the French government helps subsidize French classes to foreigners in state universities so tuition is cheap, and they will usually have student residences in convenient neighborhoods at about the cost of a hostel. So you can have a month in Paris with room and board and 20 hrs/wk tuition for probably around 1300-1600 euro. Private schools are often more expensive (maybe double), but there are reasonable private schools, also (tuition may be around 225 euro/wk for 20 class hrs). Most programs have a series of levels from complete beginner to very advanced. I think you get the most out of this experience if you've already taken some French before coming, but complete beginners certainly do this, also. If you are interested, I would first recommend you read a good overview article on this subject on the Paris-Anglo.com website, www.paris-anglo.com/studying/guide/language_school.html. They do an excellent job of discussing the options, list some of the main schools in Paris and give comments on several well-known choices. Another very good site is that of the French Agency for Higher Education (www.edufrance.fr) which discusses all kinds of higher education in France including business and other degrees, as well as schools teaching French to foreigners. Another great resource is that of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has an extensive section on studying in France(www.diplomatie.fr -- go to 'visiting France' or 'venir' , then 'studying in France'). Within this section is a good list of most French universities with their links (www.ensmp.fr/~scherer/euni/fr). If you are looking for a program outside Paris, often universities have a summer program of French for foreigners (e.g., universities at Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Montpellier, Nancy). This link also gives some info on study grants for those who are more advanced, such as French teachers or graduate students, and information about taking classes for various certificates and competency levels (e.g., DELF, DALF, CCIP) that one might need to take classes in a regular French university or to teach French as a foreign language. A final very good source is that of Petit Guide FLE (a guide to French as a Foreign Language schools) at www.fle.fr. If these are not enough, here are a few foreign study web sites that will help to find language programs throughout the world: www.worldwide.edu, www.planetedu.com, www.europa-pages.co.uk, www.petersons.com, or www.nrcsa.com (National Registration Center for Study Abroad).
Place du Tertre
Place du Tertre was the main place of the Village of Montmartre.
Now, it is a small square place occupied by the outside tables of the restaurants and bistrots and by the artists.
Each year, the bistrots and restaurants have more place and the artists lose a piece of field. The picture was shot in December which is not the high season.
Here you can choose the way to be trapped : buy a drink or a lunch (you will keep the ticket as souvenir), pay for your portrait (you can have the same in your country without the concern to bring it back ), chose a painting of Montmartre (your neighbor has the same), and do not forget the pickpockets (they like the crowd).
Sorry if you are deceived.
Police At Palais De Justice
Walking around the Ile de la Cite we came to the Palais De Justice , an impressive building with wrought iron gates and fences and a group of policemen on duty at the entrance to the building. I have learnt that most officials do not like being photographed, however if you go up and speak with them, politely ask whether you may take a photo, they nearly always are very pleased to pose.
Address: 4 Boulevarde de Paris
Make sure to where extra socks, especially for all the walking that you will do! My wife has two pairs of socks on and she still got blisters!! Cream for the blisters (fortunately another VT member, tini58de, gave us some cream that helped with the pain!) More film and a video camera if you have one Band-aids for those blisters!