Favorite thing: Glittering diva - Dalida (Yolanda Gigliotti) - has spent 25 years in the heart of Monmartre (11 bis Rue d'Orchampt ). As a tribute to her talent, Paris offered her a Square Dalida in the very heart of Montmartre. There Dalida stands enthroned in the middle of this place which inspires peace and serenity...
Snow-white, vast, just impressive
* One of France's most important Roman Catholic buildings was built as a result of a private religious vow made at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war.
* The ovoid dome is the second-highest point in Paris, after Eiffel Tower.
* The biggest bell in Paris (19 tons) is here.
This is a place I like, as many tourists would. :)
I didn't know at that time why but I know now.. because it was so picturesque. After days seeing the boulevards, Tour Eiffel, Arc de triomphe, how wouldn't you love this place ?
It's irresistible ! You can't escape it... Not only to "Sacré-Coeur" and the great view on Paris. That's classical.
Place du Tertre ... with the painters who would portray you in minutes... I discovered there too the "fusain technique"... Of course, my game was checking whether the painter was good or not.. checking whether the artwork resembled the model. I was a kid. Who wasn't ?
There are other things I like there.
Fondest memory: What I liked most were the fabrics shops in the area. I think it is Marché St-Pierre. There was an upslope street with haberdashers, fabric shops. I remembered I was once there with my Mum... We entered a café (in this little upslope street, I think) and had some good time eating crèpes (?).
Right now, writing to you, I would like to see this marché Saint-Pierre again... and riding funiculaire... oooh!
OK.. something to be done once in a while, not everyday. Like a pilgrimage, in fact... Same as for going to Brussels Grand-Place. One hour sitting there to admire the place in awe, looking at the beautiful buildings... Not to be done every day.
Favorite thing: Sacre Coeur overlooks the heart of Paris, and is a much better viewpoint than the over-rated Eiffel Tower (it overlooks the tower, in fact). It takes many steps to reach the church, but is well worth the effort, and is beautiful in and of itself as well as providing a gorgeous view of the city. Definitely more impressive than the over-rated Notre Dame, as well. Also, Versailles is well worth the day trip, though be sure to allow time for the grounds and the smaller buildings since they are just as enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing -- if not more so -- than the main building and its hall of mirrors.
Make your way to the Sacre Coeur, it is well worth the visit...
While you are there, climb to the top of the dome (about 290 steps) for a wonderful view of the city! The dome reaches a height of 83 metres.
It's open daily from 7 am to 11 pm and entry is free. The dome and crypt are open from 9 am to 7 pm.
Favorite thing: This is an utterly beautiful church located on a hill towards the northern part of the city, in the Montmartre area (which isn't very nice itself and has a rather bad reputation, but has something of a "local touch", so it's worth a visit).
... of Sacre-Coeur. Most of the pictures are of the wedding-cake exterior. They miss the inside which is much more interesting :)
Apparently you can no longer take pictures inside -- or no one stopped me:)))
This was my first visit to Paris and this lovely location on top of the hill is the Montmartre area.
At the bottom of the hill is an artsy district with artist showing their masterpieces.
The weather was fantastic for being the end of October and Halloween was alive in the city.
Fondest memory: The Eiffel Tower, I went back to Paris in 2002 and will probably go again this year 2003.
Favorite thing: What were they doing sitting outside the Sacre Cour dressed like that? I photographed them while they watched me doing it. The zoom lens made sure there remained a comfortable distance. I respected their space and they respected mine.
Favorite thing: The crowds of people outside the Sacre Cour belied the peace and tranquility inside. My first service ever. I was so enchanted taht i forgot to take any pictures. My camera stayed put, and my heart soared with the singing of the choir.
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