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Things To Do in Paris: Visit Sacre Coeur.

May 8, 2013

Sacre Coeur, oh Sacre Coeur – how can you be so pretty?

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Before I went to Paris, I again watched one of my favorite films of all time – Amelie. The movie gives you a really nice introduction of what you can see in the Montmartre district including the Sacre Coeur. The Sacre Coeur part of the movie is my favorite scene actually.

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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris commonly known as the Sacre Coeur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church and is a very popular landmark of Paris situated on top of the Montmartre hill, the highest point in Paris. You can climb the numerous steps towards the Basilica or you can also take the cable car ride which is normally covered by your normal Paris metro ticket. We opted to get the exercise and climbed the hill on foot. It was all worth it though as you get to see the most amazing views of Paris from that point.

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On top of the hill, you will see lots of artists giving you a free performance unless of course you’d be willing to spare a few euros if you liked what you saw/heard. Amongst all the artists performing at the time that I was there, this man right here was my favorite:

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His name is Hugo, he plays the harp beautifully so I bought his CD worth EUR10.

I spent quite a few minutes sitting on the steps towards the Basilica and just watched him play his harp. He also played my favorite Canon in D by Pachelbel.

The area of Montmartre is a haven for artists back in the days. Famous artists like Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso either lived or had studios in this area as it was considered a cheap place to live in back then, which I don’t think is the case now. I think now it is more of a haven for pickpockets victimizing the unknowing tourists. Just before we reached the very top of this hill, we saw two policemen talking to a non-French looking guy in French. We were nosy so we sort of slowed down our walk to see what’s going on. After a few seconds, the two policemen started to take out all the things inside the guy’s pockets one by one. He had loads of things inside his numerous pockets (he was wearing an army pants). I’m not really sure what happened to the guy afterwards though as we went on our way towards the Basilica.

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At least they warn you about the pickpockets in Montmartre, I’m not sure though if that was a warning for tourists or if it’s a sign for pickpockets that they can only do their business in this arrowed path. I walked into that path nevertheless and didn’t come across any pickpockets, or maybe I just wasn’t aware. LOL. Again, the normal precautions must be observed while in Montmartre – be aware of your surroundings and you’ll be alright. It isn’t so bad as what I have read on tripadvisor. :p

With or without the pickpockets, Montmartre is my favorite place in Paris.

Nearest metro stations:
Abbesses Line 12 (Amelie’s metro stop :))
Anvers Line 2
Lamarck Caulaincourt Line 12

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  • Reply Things To Do in Paris: Take a nap at the Luxembourg Gardens | Pinay Flying High May 19, 2013 at 09:08

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  • Reply senimahar May 12, 2013 at 20:40

    It’s beautiful scenes …
    Paula had posted Sacre Coeur too

  • Reply The Writing Waters Blog May 9, 2013 at 22:28

    That looks wonderful. My few days in Paris did not allow for for this. I need to go back!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High May 9, 2013 at 22:41

      Yes, it is absolutely pretty. The 5 whole days that i spent there wasn’t even enough. I too need to go back. 🙂

  • Reply LaVagabonde May 9, 2013 at 20:35

    Love your photos of Paris. So atmospheric.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High May 8, 2013 at 20:34

      LOL. I liked the preview though…. :p

      • Reply Matthew Curry May 8, 2013 at 20:37

        Sorry. I didn’t mean for that to happen…. :/

        • Reply Pinay Flying High May 8, 2013 at 20:40

          No, that’s fine. I liked the summary more than if you have given me the link first. I’m on my phone and couldn’t open much websites from here, sucks that the screen is too tiny. I’ll look at the link when I get home. 😉

          • Matthew Curry May 8, 2013 at 20:44

            Well thank you very much. 🙂 I know what you mean. It’s hard to get around on the internet with a phone…. But if the book is not the kind of thing you like, that’s fine. I won’t be offended at all.

  • Reply Matthew Curry May 8, 2013 at 08:46

    Maybe I should move to Dubai and work for a travel agency so I can go to Paris…

    • Reply Pinay Flying High May 8, 2013 at 09:43

      You don’t need to go to Dubai so you can go to Paris. I do believe you can go there wherever you are on your own, trust me. It just takes guts like I have, half the time I was afraid that I will run out of money and will resort to joining the beggars out in the streets. Hehehe.

      • Reply Matthew Curry May 8, 2013 at 16:23

        Yikes! Yes, you do have guts…. I was just teasing about Dubai. But, seriously, I would love to visit Paris. Your pictures are so beautiful.

        • Reply Pinay Flying High May 8, 2013 at 16:25

          Well if you do come to dubai, let me know. I will bring you to the restaurants where I took the food photos . :-p

          • Matthew Curry May 8, 2013 at 16:35

            Thank you, Pinay. That would be an honor! If my book sells, I might just do that. …. You know, I’ve thought about going to McDonald’s and taking some really artistic photos of a Big Mac and posting them on here … just for you, lol. 😉

          • Pinay Flying High May 8, 2013 at 18:17

            Hahahahahahahaha! Please do. Nothing is too lame if you’ve got the right angle. Lol

          • Pinay Flying High May 8, 2013 at 18:55

            By the way, what’s the book about? Any links?

          • Matthew Curry May 8, 2013 at 19:00

            It’s called “Under the Electric Sun.” It’s a science fiction story about a boy and a robotic raccoon. They live in an underground city, beneath Washington, DC. The book takes place in the future, after a nuclear war has wiped out most of the earth. People have been living in a giant bomb shelter for almost a hundred years. (Yeah, I know it sounds sad … but there’s actually a lot of sarcastic humor in it.) I know it might not be your cup of tea. Some people like sci-fi, some people don’t. There’s a link on my blog, on the right, near the top of the page. It’s a picture of the cover. You can click on it and it will take you to the Amazon page. It’s only available on Kindle right now, though. I’m not sure when the paperback version will be ready.

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