One important stop anyone should make in Paris is Montmartre.  For those who don’t know the geography/history of Paris, Montmartre is on a hill on the outskirts of Paris.  It actually used to be a suburb of Paris, but is now firmly in the 18e arrondissement.  The post-impressionists also gathered there (van Gogh, Degas, Matisse).  One of the most popular structures to visit in Montmartre is the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur – here’s a picture of me in front of it during my solo trip in 2009:

For a few euro, you can climb the many steps into the top of the basilica, where you can find some amazing views.  This one shows the hill below the basilica, with its greenery and many winding steps.

If you don’t want to walk the whole hill, there is a funicular, which you can kind of see on the right in that picture.  You can see it better in the picture below from the side steps going up the hill (it’s the weird gondola-looking thing on the right of the trees):

The Sacre-Coeur does give some awesome views, as you can see in the picture below – off to the right you have the Eiffel Tower and to the left, the Tour Montparnasse (not exactly an important site, but it’s hard to get pictures of this view of Paris without it):

That’s all my pictures of Montmartre from my 2009 trip, but there’s plenty more to do on the hill. including some delicious desserts and a great square filled with artists.  Perhaps I’ll include some Montmartre pictures from other Paris trips in the next post…