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Carmen

Carmen Jenner is a travel, food, and lifestyle writer, wanna-be photographer and the founder of Fluffy Towel. She specialises in travel memoirs, destination pieces, hotel reviews, guidebook contributor, travel advice, restaurant reviews, family travel, and copywriting.

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Walk on the Tame Side in Paris’ Montmartre

filed17 Sep 2010 from

The view of Paris from Basilique du Sacre Coeur

Made famous by the Moulin Rouge and its hedonistic revellers, Montmartre is well worth a wander during the day.

As you alight the Metro stop Abbesses, check out the Paris cityscape mural, and its unusual green wrought-iron arches and amber lights, which are one of the few original Art Nouveau stations in Paris.

After savouring the seediness of Montmarte’s adult outlets, browse the electic range of shops while heading up to the heavens of Basilique du Sacre Coeur either by the steps or the funicular. The Sacre Coeur is made of white stone that cleans itself whenever it rains, ensuring its etheral quality remains everlasting. The cathedral deserves exploration or simply enjoy the wonderful views of Paris, relax in the park just below or ride the carousel.

The nearby Place du Tertre is touristy Paris at its best, but nonetheless the square is lined with lively restaurants and teeming with umbrellas and canopies. Have a caricature done by one of the street artists or if you take your art a little more seriously, become absorbed in Dali’s dramatic world at Espace Dali Montmarte.  Visit the Musee de Montmarte which recounts its history from its bohemian past to the present.

Or  simply languish in a pavement cafe and do what’s done best in the French capital – just be!