2009 Athens to Amsterdam travel blog


Place du Tertre, Artists square

View of Paris

Notre Dame

July Column in place de Bastille

First this morning we headed to the Sacre-Coeur. The Sacre-Coeur is a Roman Catholic basilica and is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. As a bit of trivia Savage Garden's music video for "Truly Madly Deeply" was shot there in 1997. There is a funicular that can take you to the top, but it is not that far we and we took the steps. Because Paris is so flat you get quite a good view of the city.

From here we walked just around the corner to Place du Tertre. This is an area where artists gather. They have works from simple pencil sketches to pastels, charcoal, water colours and oil paintings. There is also a lot of them who try to stop you so they can draw your portrait. The local streets here were quite interesting with a variety of vendors.

From here we walked down to Blvd de Clincy. This is the location of the famous Moulin Rouge. It is also the red light district of town and during the day didn't quite have the glamour you might expect of a world famous cabaret. I am sure the area chages dramatically at night.

From here it was over to see the Notre Dame cathedral. This cathedral was very similar to the Notre Dame we had seen in Chartres, designed by the same person I would think.

We then walked to the Place de la bastille. This is a square where the Bastille prison stood until the 'Storming of the Bastille' and its subsequent physical destruction between July 14, 1789 and July 14, 1790 during the French Revolution; no vestige of it remains. The July Column (Colonne de Juillet) which commemorates the events of the July Revolution stands at the center of the square.

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