Dusk till night visiting the Sacre Coeur and Montmartre

February 28, 2011 at 9:26 am | Posted in french, life, photography, travel | Leave a comment
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We visited the Sacre Coeur because my sister Claire advised us it had one of the best views of Paris, after all it was the highest point in the city.

Step by step, we got a little closer to the grand Cathedral.

and stared in awe as we looked at all its might and beauty.

We turned around to gaze at all of Paris, spread out wide with fog hanging low.

We were in Montmartre, a small village in Paris that has been preserved from the time when artists such as Renoir, Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso called it home in the late 19th / early 20th centuries.

The cobblestone streets were so narrow, many of which didn’t allow cars.

We discovered an art gallery nestled back in a courtyard and popped in for a look.

[A pose just because it was so cute back there!]

Being here at this moment, the cafes becoming lively, and people walking around holding hands, I discovered my favorite place in Paris.

The sun set very quickly and it became chilly. Just look at how romantic this appears. People live here every day!

Most of the shops and cafes were so teeny.

We peered in the window of this privately owned frame-shop. There were picture frames hanging from the ceiling without an inch (or centimeter!) of spare room.

Montmartre in my book is quintessential Paris, what you see in paintings and movies, and what you hope to experience when you do visit. Cars were allowed on this street. We were surprised to see a bitty electric bus roaring down that hill. We watched a mother walk by holding the hand of her young toddler. At that point I declared if I lived in Paris, I would want to live here!

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