Hello my lovely readers! I swear, it seems that summer has arrived about three months early in Paris this week. The weather has been just incredible, days are sunny and warm. So of course I soaked up as much of it as possible before my trip to Germany (hello from the train somewhere in Brussels). I’m embarrassed to say this, but Sacre Coeur/Montmartre is an area of Paris that I don’t know well at all. I’m hoping that this will change soon, because my new place is just a few metro stops away. Stepping out into the street, there’s even an immediate view of this incredible church!
That being said, enjoy these pictures and tips from the one time I have been to Montmartre. I can’t wait to share more photos of this artsy area with you as I begin to spend more time there!
- Admission into this incredible piece of architecture is free! Just be prepared to deal with the crowds. And remember it is a church, so stay respectful. There is mass every Sunday if you are ever interested in attending!
- I really want one of those little paintings (pictured above). However, I would never fork over upwards of 100 Euros for one!
- Highly recommend Tutti Sensi if you are craving gelato (me, always). It’s tucked away on the main road leading up to the church. I got mint-chocolate chip and black cherry!
- I recommend getting off the metro one stop early and walking up the hill towards the church. Not only do you take in more of the atmosphere that way, but you can avoid the main tourist routes. Montmartre is the romantic area in Paris, almost a whole different world than the hustling metropolitan center below. It’s like this area hasn’t aged since the days that Hemingway and Fitzgerald stopped by to write!
- This area is cheap cheap cheap. Never have I seen postcards offered for so little money (12 for 2 Euros). If you really want the typical Paris souvenirs, buy them here (not anywhere near Notre Dame or La Tour Eiffel).
Hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse into my afternoon spent at Sacre Coeur. If you know Montmartre well, please leave your recommendations below, I’d love to check them out during my next exploration!!