Last weekend Liam and I walked all the way to Montmartre, a lively neighborhood in the northern section of Paris. The principal landmark is, of course, the Basilica of the Sacre Couer, which sits high on a hill above the rest of the city. There are a lot of stairs to get to the top, but it is well worth the climb; the view is stunning. I couldnt resist sharing a few pictures we took there.

About halfway up the enormous staircase, we pause to catch our breath and pose for a picture.

Finally made it to the top! Time for another picture, this time with Paris in the background

The view over Paris!

At the top of the hill, there are a lot of rather touristy shops and restaurants, but the neighborhood is beautiful and fun to walk around. The central square is bustling with artists peddling portraits and paintings of paris landmarks.

We stopped at a small cafe and partook in the whole Parisian experience of eating out front of the restaurant, watching people go by.

This is certainly one of the best areas in Paris I’ve seen so far…it’s full of beauty and personality. Even if you are afraid of steps, there is a cable car that will bring you to the top, as well as a small train that makes a circle around Montmartre and will let you off right at the doorstep of the basilica. Entrance is free and it is a truly beautiful church. The mosaics are incredible, but unfortunately I got the impression they weren’t able to complete their vision and do as much interior decoration as they originally planned. Still, the beautiful depiction of Christ in the apse is one of the largest mosaics in the world and is absolutely breathtaking…such a show of skill and artistry to be quite humbling.

Looking forward to going again soon.