"Visit Montmartre. Everyone..." Montmartre Area Tip by ladyolac

Montmartre Area, Paris: 211 reviews and 401 photos

Visit Montmartre. Everyone goes to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre is fantastic, but really just another museum that you leave with sore feet and a headache (too much to look at!) and the Eiffel Tower is cute, but after 30 mins you're done. So go to Montmartre and go in all the little backstreets, check out the interesting houses, see if you can look into people's homes through their windows, just looking, they usually leave the curtains open and the lights on and you can see inside from the street, and they usually have treasures hidden away in their homes that should be in museums!
It's 'quaint' as my mother used to say. But you got to climb the hill. No matter which way you want to go, it's UP hill or UP steps. I advise you take the 'funnyculaire' for the price of 1 metro ticket and save your heart if you are over 25!

Now, I wrote the above before the film Amelie Poulin came out. And strangely enough that film really conveyed how I feel about this very special part of Paris. To really get to see it you have to have a bit of time. A quick visit to Paris will enable you to SEE the places but you won't get a feel of it nor get to meet the very odd people who populate Paris and especially Montmartre. I advise any students to come and live a year in Paris. They'll improve their French and they will find a job as a barman in an English speaking pub or teaching English to French kiddies after school. You'll have to rent a small chambre de bonne (one of those tiny rooms under the roofs of Paris). It's all very romantic (looking back on it when your nearly 50) but when you'll be living it, it might be a bit rough (harder than being at home with mummy and daddy). But it's worth it. Good book to read about that is "A year in the merde" by some English author, forgot his name. Very funny and acurate book.

Directions: Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement, North side of the river Seine. Big white church on top of hill called Sacre Coeur, place du Tertre where Portraitists will jump on you to do your portrait .
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  • Updated Nov 24, 2005
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