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Monday, September 12, 2011

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

You must visit Sacre-Coeur was the advice given by my mother and her advice on what to see in the past has been spot on. There are probably easier ways to get here than our route but I've got no real desire to use the Metro especially when the weather is warm and muggy.

If you take one of the hop-on-off tour buses it will drop you off a good block from the base of the complex - from there you'll have to walk up one of the streets lined with touts and scammers playing 3 card monty.

Once you reach the base you have the choice - a long steep walk along a path that zig zags up the hill or take the venicular.  Oh, if you take the venicular a word of advice - don't mistake the queue for the toilet for the queue to buy tickets for the ride.

For some reason on the day we're here only one of the veniculars are working - so the trip takes a little longer than it should. Keep an eye out on the counter - it lets you know how many spaces are available in the car and theoretically once it reaches zero no one else can enter and the car will leave. I say theoretically because it doesn't stop experienced gypsies from bumming a lift up.

Once you reach the top it's really a few short paces before you see Sacre-Coeur.

It's another flight of stairs until you reach the basilica proper and from either levels you'll get panoramic views of Paris.

Statue of King Saint Louis IX

Statue of Saint Joan of Arc

If you decide to go inside the Basilica don't be like the a'holes that were here today. No photos are allowed inside and there are countless signs telling you this, they even have people stationed at the door especially telling people with cameras - no photos. I really just don't understand why it's so hard to follow this rule. Seriously, if you have such little respect, then do us all a favour and f&ck off.

If you do go inside, put the camera away and use your eyes - take the time and just enjoy the surrounds.

WEB: Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre
35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre
75018 Paris, France

Open: 6am - 10.30pm


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