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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