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by Sammy Lagios
Kineta, Attica, Greece
August 29, 2010
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
July 18, 2007
From journal Exploring Paris
August 11, 2006
If you chose to walk up or down, make your path through the garden in front of Sacre-Coeur, filled with beautiful flowers, recently famous from the movie Amelie. Spend an afternoon walking around Montmartre. Get crepes from one of the many restaurants and stroll around the square about 1 block to the left of the front of Sacre-Coeur, where artists paint and sell their work.
Some of the main streets of the neighborhood are overly touristy, filled with souvenir shops and vendors walking the street selling portraits and cheap whistles. Avoiding those streets, you can still find the Montmartre artists have loved. And while you're there, be sure to visit the Espace Dali, a Salvador Dali museum on a small street (follow the signs from the artists' square).
From journal Paris in Spring...and Summer
North Palm Beach, Florida
February 26, 2006
From journal Paris in February
London, United Kingdom
November 13, 2005
By far one of my favourite Parisian areas - you feel like you've been taken back to the '40s with the traditional paintings, people playing accordions, cobblestone streets, great little restaurants (recommend Le Poulbot in one of the side streets), and fantastic views of Paris. We sat on the steps of the Sacre Coeur and watched a bit of street theatre after our meal as Paris glistened in the sun below us.
Sacre Coeur itself is worth climbing up, as the views from the top are fab. I usually do any tourist shopping here, as it's the most fun place to do it, maybe not the cheapest, but definitely the best experience.
The square in the centre is full of painters, and you just can't help walking around to look at all the art or taking some photos (although many make a point of asking you not to--oops). In the evening, why not sit in one of the restaurants as you watch the world go by in these artistic surroundings. If you have some extra time, go towards the back of Montmartre and explore the vineyards. You wouldn't expect any in central Paris, would you!?
From journal Paris Autumn Weekend
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
September 13, 2005
There are lots of really nice cafes and restaurants here. We wanted to have an early dinner one night, but most places don't even open until 7pm.
This a place to come up and watch sunset from Sacre Couer, then stop somewhere and have a glass of wine and a nice dinner.
From journal Eurostar from London to Paris
July 14, 2005
From journal Parlevouz Francais?
June 9, 2003
From journal An American in Paris (First Trip)
San Diego, California
October 4, 2002
Escaping from the dark, bleak underground subway we were greeted by a troupe of performers in the middle of a play for the general public. For a small amount of time, we enjoyed the merry show but did have trouble understanding the show due to it being in French. The streets are filled with cute, knick-knack shops, and pleasing for a short while. The bars looked like trendy places to be and the restaurants looked a little expensive. But the view was incredible from the top of the Sacre-Coeur and well worth the stair climb up.
Now my mom didn't want to take the hike up so she used one of her subways tickets for the funicular train to the top. Whatever fits your fancy.....as long as you get to the top and see the view of the city.
We caught the end of evening mass and sight for a brief while to soak up the view. From there we walked and walked so more because that is really what we enjoy to do. Of course we ended up at the Moulin Rouge and the XXX shops and quite surprised my mom was ready to head home at that point. I would have liked to sit a one of the local bars by the church, I could hear the jazz music and the crowds looked friendly. But since my mom isn't into the bar scene, I think that I will save that for another trip.
From journal Blisters in Paris
Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
June 8, 2002
The atmosphere is much trumpeted, and there is an atmosphere; it's extremely touristic.
The artistic nature of the walk up is much proclaimed: churned-out mass paintings and cheap rubbish, or expensive appeal-to-the-intellectuals books or paintings.
As to the Basilique de Sacré Coeur - we went in and we came out again.
Repeat- there is a good view.
From journal Citybreak in Paris.