After all the eating for lunch, MR and I were ready again to check off something else on our to-do list in Paris. We were a little behind in our schedule, but considering that it was still summer we had until 8PM to enjoy walking around under the sun. One landmark MR insisted we visit was the Basilique du Sacré Coeur in Paris and I totally agreed with him.
Perched on a mound in Montmartre, the Basilique du Sacré Coeur is the highest point of the city. The way we got there was by taking the metro and stopping at the metro stop, Anvers. This brought us at the bottom of the hill and we walked up the main road. You won't get lost as the road is pretty busy and full of tourists. There are also lots of stores and unfortunately people who will try to tempt you to buy things. Resist the tourist traps if you can. Luckily for us, police agents were present and pretty visible so everything went smoothly for us.
So we walked to the funicular / funiculaire, which we rode going up to the Basilique. It was free. The ride going down wasn't however. But there are stairs to climb up and down. The funicular ride takes about 1 minute or 2.
And then .... you have this. The Basilique du Sacré Coeur. Partially covered, but breathtaking nevertheless.
Unfortunately, photo taking inside the Basilique is strictly prohibited. Don't hesitate to go inside though- it is as beautiful inside as it is outside.
And if you have a minute, do take a seat on the stairs in front of the Basilique. The view of the city is breathtaking.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."
*There is a small tourist train you can take from the Basilique that goes around and tours around Montmartre-Pigalle for 30 minutes. I thought it was pretty fun!