In my last visit to Paris I stayed at the Montmartre area and that gave me a lot of opportunities to explore. The number one attraction in that area for tourists is the La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre based on top of a hill allowing you to overlook Paris from above. Since Paris is pretty flat, this is probably one of the very few places where you can really see the whole city, with the Eiffel tower and a few horrific skyscrapers being the exception. During national day, I made my way back to the basilica to watch all the fireworks around Paris, and though the main view of the Eiffel tower is rather restricted, beer was flowing, the atmosphere was great, and there were lots of smaller fireworks popping up randomly. With endless crowds around the Eiffel, this proved a great alternative.

Back to the basilica…

 

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

 

The views from the balcony…

 

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

 

You can either climb the steep stairs to the top, or take the monorail (on the left)…

 

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

 

 

Lots of little shops and galleries in the neighboring streets, even if somewhat touristic…

 

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

 

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

 

Oh, and don’t forget to go in and have a look…

 

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre : Paris

 

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A great spot for some panoramic grand views of a gorgeous city.



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