my first walk through Montmartre, in the artist's quarter
To fully get to know a place, weeks are necessary. However, my time is always limited so I choose an area of a city that I am most interested in, and focus my energies there. I have always dreamed of going to Montmartre
, ever since seeing Baz Luhrman's "Moulin Rouge." I had been to Paris
on a previous visit in 1997, and never made it to this artistic quarter of the city. Artists such as Picasso, Dali, and Latrec have their roots here. Just walking amidst the cozy streets lined with shops and cafes, was dazzling. One could spend half a day at Place du Tertre
just watching the local artists painting scenes of life in Paris. We were awed and comforted under the basilica of Sacre Couer, but no images were captured while in this sanctuary. what incredible views meet the eye when stepping out of the church. Below us were the great monuments of the city, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Both of which we visited the next day. It was so easy to get around the city with the Metro
and we ventured straight to the top of the Eiffel. Erected in 1889, and then considered an eyesore by the city's residents, it is 1986 feet tall and has the most amazing views of the city. We were met with rain clouds on one side, and then a striking rainbow on the other. The world is a beautiful place!