The View from Above Paris

Montmartre, Paris - France

Montmartre is a charming neighborhood filled with crooked streets and narrow buildings.  Church spires and views of the city are visible through gaps between houses, and everything smells like flowers.  If you go in the afternoon, the streets will be crowded with tourists, especially if it's a sunny day.

Points of Interest:

* Wall of Love: A blue mural covered in the phrase "I love you" in 300 different languages.

Sacré-Cœur: The famous church on top of the mountain.  The church is free, but it costs 10 euros to climb up into the Ovoid Dome, which is the second highest point in Paris.

Place des Abbesses: One of Paris's prettiest squares, and the most convenient metro stop.

* Montmartre Cemetery: Just as interesting as the Père Lachaise Cemetery, but much less crowded.

My Experience with Montmartre:

Best Money Spent // A sandwich.  I was starving.

Best Free Moment // Eating my sandwich in a quiet park beneath a set of stairs leading down from the church.  The staircase is hidden, and tourists don't usually know about it.  The park is filled with the fattest cats I have ever seen in my LIFE, and they will use every trick in the book to get your food.

What My Camera Didn't Catch // A pair of old women examining an elaborate tombstone in the cemetery. They were admiring the size, the shape, and the color.  You know that feeling when you see a pair of men admiring an expensive sports car that they would like to own someday?  Same idea.