Paris | Montmartre & Sacre Couer




Paris is made up of 20 arrondissements, or basically ‘districts, and a visit to the 18th arrondissement is a must. While I feel a little partial to this area, due to our apartment’s location, it truly feels so much different than the inner districts of Paris. 


Known for it’s more ‘artsy’ vibe, Montmartre lives up to the name. And rightly so. Many famous artists used to live in Montmartre while perfecting their skills. Names like Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Modigliani, Picasso and Van Gogh. 


While many tourists head to the area to see Moulin Rouge, we steered clear of the area. After one walk down Boulevard de Clichy we had our fill of the sex shop scene. But don't let that deter you from the area, because it truly is a must see while in Paris! The winding roads, the stairs ^^^^ ( I love photographing stairs if you haven't noticed!), the casual cafes, the hills and the artistic history, it truly is a gem. 


Montmartre isn't the sparkly Paris that you might imagine, but I felt like I was amongst locals the entire time, which is important to us when visiting a new place. We love to see what it's really like to live in the city. And staying in our Montmartre apartment had us wanting to make an offer on the place! 




I had to do it...eating a French Fry in France. Dork alert!!


One of the main attractions in Montmartre is the Sacre Couer. If you happen upon a sunny day, head up to the top....forget the Eiffel Tower views. The views from Sacre Couer are FREE!!!



Sacre Couer or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a gorgeous basilica and was completed in 1914. Not only is it spectacular during the day, it also just as stunning at night. And, if you need a bit of a workout after all of those French pastries, this is the place to do it! The stairs are no joke, but take a break every so often and gaze upon Paris down below. 







Visiting the Sacre Couer rounded out our visit to Paris and it was the perfect farewell to our first visit to the City of Light. 

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30 comments

  1. Montmartre has so much character and personality! While I love visiting Sacre Coeur, I could do without all the scam artists are the bottom of the steps, they remind of those mall kiosks workers lol. My favorite part of Paris would have to be St. Germain des Pres, we try to stay there or near there when we visit :) Love that you had frites, when in Paris!

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  2. I couldn't recall why I knew this area until you mentioned all of my fav artists! It's such a gorgeous place - I bet it would be amazing to live there.

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  3. I loved wandering around Montmartre and the views from Sacré Coeur were my fave!! There was something surreal about it to me.

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  4. Montmartre is my favourite part of Paris! So much so that I've stayed in the area 3 times on various visits! x

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  5. Wow, so pretty! We'll be visiting Paris for the first time in May - can't wait!!!

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  6. Unfortunately when we went to Montmartre it was freezing and raining and the view wasn't great. Looks like you had a gorgeous day there, though!! Even with the rain I loved the area and think I will stay there next time :)

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  7. This is one area I wish we'd been able to explore more while in Paris. As it was, we only saw the Basilica and watched the sunset from the steps out front. Maybe if we go back we'll stay here like you did - I'd love to wander through those streets every morning!

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  8. I remember those stairs... but is it crazy that I can't remember visiting Sacre Coure?! I KNOW WE DID (because I remember the stairs), but I don't remember the view. Must go back. :)

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  9. Gorgeous pictures! I've been to Paris twice, once with my family and another time just for the day. I feel like I haven't got to experience Paris from a non-tourist perspective. Guess that means I need to make a trip back!

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  10. Thank you!! I think I still would need many trips back to get the full Paris experience! I want to stay in so many different areas and see what they are all about :)

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  11. Haha too funny!! We didn't actually even go inside the Basilica but the view was pretty cool. I want to go back too!! :)

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  12. Yes! Stay here! I am going to post about our little apartment because it was too cool. And we ate around here most nights, or ate in our apartment (because of the views!). It seemed really authentic, kind of like Trastevere in Rome :)

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  13. Oh boo for rain and cold! We lucked out with the sun on our last day and it really made everything seem a lot more cheery!

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  14. How exciting! It can be very overwhelming, so just take it slow and dont try and fit everything in (unless you have a lot of time ;))

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  15. Oh that's wonderful! That's where we stayed as well and we really enjoyed it!

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  16. I found it to be so different from the rest of Paris...kind of like you were above all of the noise!

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  17. I can't even imagine living there...it would be incredible! Seriously, my hubs and I thought about asking our AirBnB host if we could just move in :)

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  18. Oh man...those guys were SO annoying ugh. You know what's sad? I don't think we made it to St Germain...we were all around it! Next time..... ;)

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  19. Montmartre looks so cozy and cute :) I can see why you'd want to be there long-term! The views from the Sacre Couer do look incredible. I want to plan another trip there that lasts more than a weekend so I can wander around and find all those great spots full of locals!

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  20. I stayed in the Montmartre area of Paris when I was there and loved it! We were there when it was a bit cloudy though. I wish we had those blue skies!

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  21. I love Montmartre! It's my fav Parisian neighborhood along with Marais and La Defence. I hope to catch as beautiful pictures tomorrow while wondering around the neighborhood!

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  22. Oh wow, these photos have captured everything I love about Paris :) I especially love the view down the cobbled street. My favourite activity in Paris is to wander those cute streets.

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  23. Yes you must! I think even a week in Paris would not be long enough :)

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  24. All of our days were cloudy except the last day of course! But yeah, I really loved the area....it seemed very authentic!

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  25. I think that Montmartre has the streets with the most character! I love little alleyways and cobbled streets :)

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  26. I loved visiting Sacre Couer! I thought it was so interesting how there was so much going on outside the basilica, there was music playing and so much activity, but when you went inside, you were completely transported. It felt sacred and calm.

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  27. I love when friends come to visit, and I have the perfect excuse to go to Montmartre! I especially love the huge mosaic inside of the Sacre Coeur above the altar - it's so golden and gorgeous, and the message that humans from all walks of life (literally figures from every kind of job/background imaginable are up on the ceiling) can come to Jesus is just very open and beautiful! Glad you had a wonderful time, and eat those frites, they're awesome!

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  28. I love the word "arrondissement." I wish I could use it every day. Haha. I love those photos of Montmartre! I was only in Paris once for a few days - and mostly, I just remember that the weather was awful - and I need to go again someday!

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  29. Beautiful shots! I love Sacre Coeur, such a gorgeous building. I also love the views from the Arc de Triomphe, and to wander through le Marais. So many cool neighbourhoods!

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