Sunday, January 29, 2006

Favorite Place to Hang Around in Paris

Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre (Paris)
Montmarte is my favorite place to visit in Paris. Some areas are really seedy, but it has a lot of "flavor." There are tons of tourists, shops, artists offering to paint you, and guys with thick accents selling Marlboros, but there are also great views of the city, large hills, great old buildings, picturesque walkways, and famous movie backgrounds (think Amelie). These are pictures of the Basilica. It isn't very old by European standards, completely built by the end of the 19th century. I have to admit, the inside of it is a little disappointing after seeing Notre Dame, but I love the way it majestically sits on the hill looking down at parts of Paris. It takes some real tenacity to get there; there are many, many steps, but I always appreciate the view from the top.

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