Montmartre & Sacré Coeur, Paris
As I said in my Montremartre tip, there is a different atmosphere in Montmartre. Some say it is more like a village than a suburban district. Certainly it has more quaint buildings and a different life-style thus making it less formal than downtown Paris. So, walking around, finding small details that catch the eye makes it a wonderful place to visit.
Fondest memory: It has a beauty and style of its own.
We kept promise and we did it, it was full of emotions and feeling to sit inside the Sacre Coeur with you, to hear the words of your holy promise to me, to tell you mine.
Probably who will read this pages about us, will find hard to understand, but there is nothing to understand about a real love, there is only to smile and be happy..
... 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:)))
Favorite thing: A leisurely afternoon strolling around Montmartre is not cokmplete without a cuppa at one of the many cafes dotting both sides of the path that leads up the hill to the Sacre Cour. I didnt get names - of the cafe or the proprietors - unfortunately. This gentleman played soothing tunes while I downed my iced latte and watched the world go by.
Favorite thing: For the proprietor and the manageress, watching the world go by was not an option. Keeping up with the steady flow of July crowds, both seemed oblivious to the music coming form the piano in the room behind them and to the many things that went on in my mind. I was forced to think that Paris is precious to me, becasue it is mien for a few days. Maybe living here would make me oblivious to its charms as i saw them now, the same way that these two seemed to be. A thought that saddened me ...
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.
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.
Climb Monmartre, the historic hill of Paris by rope-road. On Monmartre there are two cathedrals - the Bazilika of the Sacred Heart and the Church of Saint Peter.
Fondest memory: The Bazilika of Sacred Heart looks very unusual, it is built in Romano-Byzantine style. It is quite new - the building was finished in 1914. Behind the altar there is the statue of Saint Peter. It's black, and only one leg has become golden, because thousands of hands touch it every day. Touch it - and you'll be happy for the rest of your life. Besides, Montmartre is connected with the history of art. Here impressionism, post-impressionism and neo-impressionism appeared. On Montmartre you may see artists create their paintings.
The Sacred Heart is one of the places the more frequented by the numerous tourists of Paris. Besides, the Montmartre place, and its painters, is to two steps from there. Don't forget quedans this district you have several museums also, of which the Grevin museum (museum of wax).
One line of bus, is very nice to go to Montmartre.
Fondest memory: Here, you have two types of people with cameras: the tourists who photograph the monument, or that photograph themselves before the monument, and the perverse that take in photos the undersides of the ladies... can be to nourish specialized Internet sites.
Attention, when you come here to the huge number of thieves to the square meter (picpockets, swindlers, false policemen, etc..).. Paris became a city of thieves, in any case!
Set on a hill 130 meters high, the area of Montmartre looks grandly out over all of Paris.
The end of the 19th century saw Montmartre to be the center of artistic life in Paris and the model of a free, bohemian existence. Many artists, from Berlioz to Picasso, lived, worked, and played here. These creative spirits (and their café, the Lapin Agile) helped keep this area the city's intellectual and artistic center up until the first World War.
The Sacré-Coeur Catholic basilica was built at the end of the 19th century at the top of the Montmartre hill in Paris. Its famous white pastry like architecture is dominating the city.
Great place to visit, admire the views and meet the people from all over the world.
Favorite thing: A place I'm never fed up of walking around, a view over Paris I dislike not to enjoy, an area I love to stroll about... Montmartre is and will ever be MY symbol of Paris... The famous french "bon vivre"...
Favorite thing: The stairs in front of the Sacré Coeur is the most wonderful place I know in Paris (I'm sure I don't know them all!!!). When the sun is shining there are often people from all over the world sitting around, some play guitar and sing. I love the atmosphere there.
visit the Sacre Coeur during the weekend! Where the musicians sing, people dance around...that is definitely one of the most liveliest places in Paris!
Fondest memory: I have no doubt.....the Effel Tower! Actually I found that it looks different in days and nights...I love standing underneath the giant at night especially. The gold colour makes the tower the most beautiful structure in the world! Don't think that you've seen it from TV and postcard and it's not something special....GO THERE!!
take the boat on the SEINE near TROCADERO (Eifel Tower)in September . visit BAGATELLE GARDEN in June to see the wonderful roses with music concerts (with very good tea room). walk in JAVEL garden and park in Summer (you can picnic in the parc).
walk in MONMARTRE area in summer during the night,
walk in Quartier Saint Michel : lot of restaurants and some live music (sometimes bad ones).
Fondest memory: walk in MONMARTRE area in summer during the night,
try the very small restaurant LE VIRAGE (Montmartre) rue LEPIC, or restaurant PATACHOU , place du Tertre (Good ice creams)