We arrived Montmartre and headed for the Funicular Railway.  You can either take the 300 stairs or the funicular.  Us oldies chose the railway.  As Paula had been there before we let her lead the way. We were warned about the scammers at Montmartre by our Cruise Director.  On the Sunday when they went up as part of the tour, a couple of people got conned out of $300.  If you haven’t seen them play their games, you can watch but do not gamble as you will lose.  It’s the 3 cups , which cup is the stone etc under.  You will see a couple of people “win”.  These people are all part of the scam.  That’s how  they get you in, you put your money in as you think ok if they win so can i.  Trust me you will not win.  As we were making our way to the funicular we saw lots of these scammers.  Suddenly they packed up and ran.  The police in Paris are always trying to  stop them.  I think it’s a part of Paris that will always be there.

Montmartre is on a large hill in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.  Home to many artists.

 

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We got out of the funicular to this site.  Isn’t it amazing above and below.  The views over Paris is spellbinding.  Falling in love with this city is so easy.

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So as I said before we let Paula led the way.  She knew there were lots of shops and cafes around the place.  So off we go.  Nothing!  we kept walking.  Finally we found this cafe/restaurant.  It was lovely, the lady who owned it took our photos.  Our lunch was a flan for Paula, an orange Brule for Muriel and I had a chocolate soft centred pudding.  Oh the food was yummy and the coffee and tea was just what we needed.  Paula will probably say she got us lost again.  I dont think so.  We would never have found this cafe if we had gone the “right” way instead of turning left.  That to me was the right way and thank you Paula for taking us the right way!

 

 

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My soft centred chocolate pudding.

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Paula’s Tart

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We still had stairs to climb, even though we had cheated an taken the railway!

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If you have ever walked with Paula you really need  to have skates on.  She zoomed up these stairs like their was no tomorrow!

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Stairs to Sacre-Coeur

 

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Many cafes in Montmartre

 

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A tribute to the many Artists that have been inspired by Montmartre

Every where there are artists drawing and painting pictures.  Many do portraits or caricatures.  They say nowdays that it is too expensive for the artists to live in Montemartre as its too touristy.  Even though it was crowded, you can still feel the atmosphere oozing out of the coblestones.

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small white mini train for those who find the cobblestones a bit tricky

 

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Music on every corner

 

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La Basilique due Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

There was a huge crowd lining up to view inside.  We didn’t have to wait too long.  Inside is amazing. In respect I didnt take any photos inside.

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the amazing view over Paris

Stopped to have another look at the beautiful view over Paris before leaving this wonderful part of Paris.  Its easy to imagine the place teaming with poets, writers and artists. Drinking their coffee at the many cafes, with their eyes far off in the land of wonderous words.

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Paris

 

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The  view from the funicular  railway and some of the 300 stairs
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Amazing Architecture in Paris

We went and waited for the yellow hop on hop bus.  It does not run as frequently as the green bus.  However, we didn’t have to wait too long.  Changed busses at Madeleine.

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Open tours

On the way back to our hotel, we saw all the lovely sights again. We drove past the Louvre, the Seine River, the Eiffel Tower.  Paris is a beautiful city and I will never get enough of it.

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The Louvre
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Arc de Triomphe du Carousel

 

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Love locks along the Seine River in Paris

Walking back to our hotel we found a little cafe where we purchased our evening meal.

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Did you just take a picture of us eating again!

 

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Pay back

 

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The views from Muriel’s balcony

We sat out on the balcony eating our dinner.  The view was amazing.  The other side of the hotel had views to the Eiffel Tower.

Looking at the map we decided that we would visit tomorrow the Pantheon and the Luxemburg gardens.  A blogger we loved had just recently been to the gardens and we wanted to see it for ourselves.

 

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13 thoughts on “Montmartre and Basilica Sacre-Coeur

  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip to Paris. These photo’s are fantastic and take you to the places you probably will never visit yourself. My sister and I live 12000 miles apart and have only sweet memories of our other sister, so I envy you three sisters, who travel together. That is very special.

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    1. thank you it is special. We live on either side of Australia. I live in Victoria my two sisters in Perth West Australia. I think distance makes for a special bond between sisters . There will be more about our trip and we are also going to France later this year for a cruise up the Rhone and the Seine.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos, they brought back so many memories of my own, when we visited there. The first time we visited, I decided that one day I wanted to move there, even just for a short time. Never had a city felt so much like home. The 300 steps almost got the best of my partner, but once you have climbed them, there are plenty of places to get your breath back, relax and enjoy the view. The Sacre Cour was an ideal place to say a prayer that he would make the trip back down again. I was worried about that. The artists square was a sight to behold watching the artists at their easels. I loved so much of Paris, we visited several times over the years in various seasons. It is my hope that we see it in Springtime, the only season we have yet to experience there.
    I hope that you cherish the memories with your sisters and Happy New Year to you all. x

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    1. Thank you xx Happy New Year to you xx we are going back in August this year. I fell in love with this city and I too would love to live there. I do hope you get back to Paris. I’m sure you will. It takes hold of your heart and your soul.

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