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November 5, 2002
From journal Autumn Paris
New Delhi, India
August 6, 2002
Morning was, now that I come to think of it, probably the wrong time to visit Place Pigalle - I mean, this is the place for nightlife, so morning saw it pretty deserted. But a stroll down a cobbled pavement gave us a fairly good idea of what it’s all about. And it is pretty risqué- every shop, every outlet, every little kiosk- advertises `peep shows’, lingerie, aphrodisiacs, and stuff like that. Most have very explicit photos up too. One place we passed even had a poster which proclaimed "Non-stop show nude guaranteed" ("Hey! She had her G-string on for a minute! I want my money back!"). We walked on, the length of the road, till the Moulin Rouge, with its famous red windmill and its reproductions of Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings. Other well-known venues- like the Crazy Horse and the Lido- are nearby too. This entire area throbs with life and light once the sun goes down, but was quietness itself while we wandered around.
After a brief look-see through Place Pigalle, we took the Metro to le Basilique du Sacré Coeur . Built as a votive offering by the people of Paris after Prussia’s defeat of France in 1870, the Basilica’s a huge, white-domed structure with pale yellow tulips and orange poppies growing along the steps leading up to it. Although revered by many (and in fact believed by some to contain a relic of Christ himself- the `sacred heart’), the church isn’t really that spectacular- well, somebody actually said it was a `lunatic’s confectionery dream’! The interior does have some rather nice decoration, which is worth a look- there’s some good stained glass and plenty of very ornate mosaic (incorporating a fair amount of gold paint). The crypt is also open to the public, and is worth visiting for the statues it houses, as well as the relic.
From journal Paris in the Springtime
May 1, 2002
If you've seen the French movie Amelié from Montmartre, you will probably recognize the place.
From journal Paris - un ville jolie
Salt Lake City, Utah
February 2, 2002
From journal Paris
May 14, 2001
After going into the Church, spend some time wandering around and looking at the crypts and altars. There is beautiful mosaic and enamel work throughout. For a small fee you can climb the many steps to the top of the dome for yet a greater view. I had to pass on this because I had used all my energy getting to the front door!
There is a tram you can ride up and down the hill, and I would recommend that just for the experience. I took it down and should have taken it up! There is a small gift shop outside the Church but be prepared to spend a lot for water if you don't take your own. They know they have you because I would have paid $100 for a bottle of water by the time I got up all the stairs.
When you get to the bottom of the hill, I suggest you spend some time strolling the streets below. They have lots of fun shops, many that specialize in fabrics and laces at very good prices.
Again, this is a great site, and the view of Paris from the steps is well worth the effort.
From journal Paris in the Summer
February 6, 2001
From journal Beguiling Paris
by Steve S.
Kansas City, Missouri
January 12, 2001
From journal New Years in Paris
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
November 21, 2000
From journal Paris: Again and again
by Jim Rosenberg
November 4, 2000
From journal Paris: An Affordable, Spectacular Destination
October 20, 2000
The location is very fortunate too. Sacre-Coeur is located on a top of the hill in Montmare district: the souvenir shopping haven in Paris. There is hundreds of souvenir shops around, as well as cafes and ethnic restaurants. It is also within a walking distance of Place du Pigalle and Moulin Rouge.
Tip:Try the roasted chestnuts!
From journal Paris - so much to see, so little time