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Montmartre - Sacré Coeur Tips (57)

When I went to Sacre Coure I...

When I went to Sacre Coure I walked thru Montmartre (a famous place where you can find a lot of art painters) one painter came where a was standing and he began to paint my self. The painting was great but very expensive. In that moment I didn't ask for an offer and I paid arround US$50 dlls. for it. PLEASE, don't let you get paint if you don't want to pay that amount or if you can't ask for an offer.

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Sep 12, 2002

Montmartre is the best place in Paris

I am a girl travelling alone, very petite, and i lived for a week near Pigalle area, strolling around Montmartre when i wasn't in the other parts of Paris, sitting on Sacre Coeur steps some nights, and never had any kind of hassle there.

It's true there are the people trying to sell you strings, but you just smile and say non merci, or just merci, shake your head and keep going where you're going. Never did they continue after that, and i went there at least 10 times during my stay.

It's the most beautiful place in the world, the way Paris looks like when the sun sets and it gets dark, but the city is full of light. There's people playing music and dancing, and sure they ask you for money, but if you don't want to give, it's ok. If they put on a good show, why not give, though?

It's definately best if you have enough time to just be there until it get's dark and have picnic on the hill with some wine, looking at the view and all the people being alive!

I felt very safe there and all around that area, and there's lots to see, you don't have to go into the tourist trap-shops on the main streets, just wander to the sidestreets and you will find different things, and the people around you will speak french instead of german, english and russian.

May 11, 2010

Good Tourist Trap

Writers complain about the bracelet guys. These people are all over the world in one way or another. You do not have to be rude. Just look them straigt in the eye and say, "no thank you," and keep walking. They are only as pushy as you let them be. Monte Marte is beautiful and you shouldn't let this type of thing bother you.

Unique Suggestions It's not a matter of if you have to go to Sacre Cour. Go. You do not have to be rude to the bracelet guys. Just be polite, look them straigt in the eye, smile and say, "no thank you," and keep walking. They are only as pushy as you let them be. Monte Marte is beautiful and you shouldn't let this type of thing bother you.

Fun Alternatives There is no reason to not go. It is beautiful at the Cathedral. Near by are lots of open air shops and restaurants.

May 26, 2007


beware of the black scammers in front of montmartre, they are thiefs and drug dealers.
They sell cocaine and weed.
They also harrass and insult in différent language tourist who pass by their self-claimed territory.

Unique Suggestions beware of the black scammers in front of montmartre, they are thiefs and drug dealers.
They sell cocaine and weed. They also steal mobile phones from tourist especially womens because they can't defend themselves.
They also harrass and insult in différent language tourist who pass by their self-claimed territory.

Fun Alternatives get the other side instead from the right side of the hill. It's a quieter place and there are less people.

May 31, 2008
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The nice African men on the streets

Yes these men are very very nice, but they will try soo hard to sell you breaded bracelets! One very nice one came up to me and said "give me your finger" so I gave it to him and he made a "special bracelet" I figured he would make me buy it once he tied it on my wrist, but i didn't think he would try to get 20 euros for it!!!! so after tallking to him I was able to get it down to 10. But thats still a lot of money for something i used to make when I was little!! Yet, I have to say i do love the bracelet and still haven't taken it off yet! you decide =)

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May 19, 2005

There are not many places...

There are not many places worth not visiting in Paris, but the closest there is is Montmarte. It is a truly unpleasant place. I would stay away, but if you are still curious, I would go out to Pere Lachaise and hit Montmarte briefly after that. But Pere Lachaise cemetary deserves much more time than Montmarte.
Also, I consider the Champs-Elysees a big tourist trap. That doesn't mean you shouldn't walk up it, of course you should, and see the arc de triomphe, but it does mean that it is Americanized and rather disappointing. However, what is on either end of it is worth the mile of Planet Hollywood's and Gaps that you have to walk past.

Aug 26, 2002

Mont Marte

Mont Marte is both a tourist trap and a really cool place to visit. You have to take the wierd tram car thing (finicular) to get to it, and you will walk the rest of the time you are there.

The focal point of Mont Martre is the basilica of Sacre Coeur. The area around the basilica is sort of an artsy tourist trap kinda area. There's lots of stores selling garbage, but there are also some good finds. There are lots of artists doing portraits for the tourists in the square near Sacre Coeur. There's also some cute restaurants as well. Just beware of the theives and con-artists on Mont Marte that prey on tourists.

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Jan 10, 2003

Place du Tetre in Montmarte is...

Place du Tetre in Montmarte is exciting and annoying (for both inhabitants and tourists). If you make eye contact with someone up there they'll start drawing your self portrait, which will cost you approx 80euro. Some are quite good, but the ones with portable workshops are awful. If you have long hair, they'll practically grab your hair and start braiding it with rope. The tourists love it apparently, but I would recommend not talking to anyone unless you can spend 100euro on a drawing or feel like being badgered on your vacation.

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Aug 26, 2002
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To me, Montmartre has always been a kind of tourist trap: it definitely isn't what it used to be - an artists' place! Now it is a shopping area for overprized souvenirs... So, if your time is limited, I'd suggest to leave this place out!

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Aug 26, 2002

Montmartre! The place is just...

Montmartre! The place is just full of tourists, the restaurants are over-priced and with snotty waiters, it is miles away from anywhere else and the famous city view from Sacre Coeur is no better than from the roof cafe at the Samaritaine department store. Besides, the place is littered with pick-pockets and around the corner are some not so nice areas after dark.

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Aug 26, 2002

Personally, I was not that...

Personally, I was not that enthralled with PERE LACHAISE or SACRE COEUR. I'm sure there are many whom would argue, but it's just my opinion. Pere Lachaise is a famous cemetary, having famous people like Door's Jim Morrison calling it home. (There are many non-French buried here.) If you have the time and the desire to locate your favorite dead celebrity, go here. SACRE COEUR - this too is another tourist haven, however I don't see why. The view was decent, but nothing as spectacular (nor as clean) as the one from the Eiffel Tower. If you don't have time to visit it, don't feel too bad.

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Aug 25, 2002

Montremartre - in the hey-days...

Montremartre - in the hey-days it used to be a popular hangout for artists of any kind. These days, however, those people selling paintings in the little square are not worth being called artists at all. Also note the souvenir shops: the ugliest among the ugly. It's behind the Sacre-Coeur: gladly give it a miss.

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Aug 25, 2002

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