It is fascinating but I am finding the section on Paris the most difficult to write mainly because it is difficult to know whether to write about the history, the people or the scenery. So we went to Montmartre to visit Sacré Cœur and walk around the area. The basilica is on the highest point in Paris so there are great views of the city. The church itself is magnificent because it is constructed of white stone that does not weather like some others. By European standards it is quite new as it was started in 1875 and completed in 1914. It is not as ornate or luxurious as many other churches in Europe but well worth a visit just for the panorama and the surrounding area. What makes the area interesting is that it has been a nightclub area and artist colony for about 150 years being home at various times to people like van Gogh, Matisse, Renoir, Picasso and of course, Toulouse-Lautrec. Some of the artists in the square just near the church are very good. The restaurants and houses are also worth a look. Pigalle, at the foot of Montmartre, is one of the old red-light districts of Paris as well as the home of the Moulin Rouge and Follies Bergere.
Paris is a walking city and where better to start than at Montmartre as it is downhill from there
It is also difficult to visit all the museums in Paris but Musee d'Orsay is a must every visit. This is a converted rail station which probably has the greatest Impressionist collection in the World. I have used the word before but it is “overwhelming” to see so many Matisse, van Gogh, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Bonnard, the list goes on and on, in one place. This is only part of the collection as there are also complete recreated art nouveau rooms and other famous artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Millet.
The other photos in this part are of our wanders which are described in the text next to the photos.
Our Adventures in Paris Continue
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Paris, Île-de-France, France