Our visit to Paris would not have been complete for us, had we not visited the Montmartre area and the Sacre Coeur Cathedral. I was so happy we did.
We approached by metro alighting at the Anvers stop, and walked through the mid section of Montmartre toward the base of Sacre Coeur. We rode the funicular to the top using one of our carnet of transport tickets and alighted at the main steps to the Cathedral.
Despite the thousands of visitors present, it was still quite easy to secure a place to admire the view of Paris from up high. Lots of tourist opportunities with food stalls and souvenir stalls if that's your desire. Also a lot of people looking for ways to remove money and valuables from you, so just be on your guard......
Entry to the Cathedral is free, and the line to approach was minimal despite the huge crowd present.
Once inside, the majesty of Sacre Coeur was revealed. Unfortunately some disrespectful visitors chose to continue loud discussion, eating and drinking and taking flash photography.. What's with this? The staff on duty did their best to stop this behaviour but it was a losing battle.
The stained glass windows and architecture inside is magnificent. So enjoyable. This really is a spectacle.
When we finished our visit, we took a detoured walk back down to Montmartre following the route suggested in this link http://www.aparisguide.com/montmartre/. It was an amazing way to wind down into the Montmartre village area, via backstreets and residential areas offering an insight to the Paris of old.
We ended up in the area around The Moulin Rouge to finish a fabulous day out.
I'd recommend it to anyone....just beware of your immediate surroundings.
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