Arguably the most breath-taking sight in Paris is the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. High on a hill-top of Montmartre Sacré Coeur dominates the skyline of paris with its three white marble domes. From afar it seems so remote and removed from the rest of the city but in fact it is right in the middle of one of the more…questionalble… quartiers of Paris.
Montmart, on the Rive Droit(right bank of the Seine) was once home to the studios of artists such as Salvador Dalí, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. And when you get out at Metro Blanche you have the wonderful surprise of looking right at the renowned Moulin Rouge. HUGE names in history worked and drew inspiration from the life, the atmosphere, the payssage, and the woman of Montmarte( to me most notably Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec). The bohemian lifestyle was almost completely defined by this part of Paris. Be careful though these ideas of “inspiration” still exist in Monmart today.
In GREAT contrast to the beautiful Church placed on a religiously significant hill (the decapitation of Saint-Denis) the renowned Blvd de Clichy is chock-a-block full of sex shops and also home to Paris’ Musé d’eroticism. So if that is not your piece of cake then I would be prepared to walk quickly through. However this entire atmosphere is very important to the city’s history and charm. One must know that the nuns of Montmarte were very well-known wine makers and therefore the area became a very popular drinking spot.
Montmart is a WONDERFUL quartiers with some of the best little shops and interesting street-life during the day and live music is abundant at night. And if only for its historicalplace in the art and religious reputations of Paris it is without a doubt something you MUST visit.