Exploring Montmartre

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Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

After some serious sleeping in we decided to spend our first real (half) day in Paris checking out the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. Our apartment was located about a block or two behind it right where two metro lines (4 and 18) cross in Montmartre. The local bakery had excellent pastries for our breakfast (even though it was past lunchtime for the rest of the city).

The view from the church was fantastic and the facade of the church itself was pretty awesome. I really loved the gargoyles the most. The basilica is located at the top the Montmartre butte; as the highest point in the city we had to climb about 100 steps on the backside! It was kind of late in the day and a holiday so the church was closed but we figured if there was time we could come back... not that I was going to be able to climb those stairs again! I was a little surprised at how crowded it was for being closed but I guess nobody had much to do. Europe was also having record heat for the winter (i.e. the same temperature as back home during our record cold! That's SoCal for ya!) so I guess people figured it was warm enough to wander about !

We didn’t really do much today but we were still catching up on sleep and lots of things were closed for the Jan. 1st holiday.

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Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
Panorama view of Paris from Sacré…
Panorama view of Paris from Sacr…
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Close up of the Gargoyle
Close up of the Gargoyle
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photo by: Sweetski