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La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre

Hang out on the backside of Montmartre (Thrillist)
Trying to get a feel for what the Montmartre neighborhood feels like? Get away from the front of Sacre Coeur immediately. If you’re within sight of a carousel and people selling cheap Eiffel Tower keychains, you’re deep in the heart of about-to-get-scammed-ville, but if you walk just a few blocks off, Montmartre is a fun area that has a very Parisian feel with plenty of locals. Take some time to explore the small streets and wander; you’ll be surprised to find that only a few blocks away from the flocks of tourists, you’ll be right in the heart of this lively neighborhood. Trek over to Barbes-Rochechouart and Goutte d’Or, also known as “Little Africa”, then go north to Rue Marcadet and Rue Lamarck, which are full of restaurants, cafes, and small boutiques. Grab a beer at any corner brasserie, like La Cave Café, watch the locals walk by, and pretend you’re Parisian.


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6th & 14th Arrondissement

Monparnasse Cemetery
Flat as a Crepe (Pancake)
Nondescript compared to some other Paris Cemeteries with varied terrain

A place we like and hope to explore


Running: Rue Raspail
Wide Boulevard, Center Median, Marches, Leads right into Paris Rue du Bac

The Top 10 Art Museums in Paris

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The Louvre

National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou

Musée d’Orsay (Impressionist, Expressionist)

Petit Palais

Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris

National Medieval Museum/Musée de Cluny

Musée Rodin

Musée Carnavalet: Explore the History of Paris

Musée du Luxembourg

Trip Savvy

Metro Stories

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After visiting the marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen we walked over to Metro station Porte de Clignancourt. There were people hanging around the turnstyles. After inserting my carnet ticket I entered the turnstyle – which didn’t move properly. Turns-out a lady had entered the turn-style immediately behind me piggy-back. When I looked over my shoulder, she excused herself.

We were a little shaken, both that someone would try that and that I hardly noticed it. And imaged how someone could have taken my wallet during such an encounter. I also hear how someone could snatch your ticket, before you have a chance to retrieve it. (I was more ready when someone tried to do this later in my trip) I inserted an expired ticket, so when I pushed against the turn-style bar, it didn’t move, and the man behind me bumped into me, anticipating a swift passage through the turn-style.

Another time, there was a lady with stroller and bags and lots of kids. I went out of my way to help her lift the stroller up the stairs, but quickly realized that I was severely compromised and exposed, bent-over, holding the stroller with child (I could not let go) and in this group of children, I imagined what could have happened.

St. Francis of Assisi

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Francis of Assisi

born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone
St. Francis is the patron of Animals, Merchants & Ecology

Francis of Assisi in Film
Francesco (Mickey Rourke and Helen Bonham Carter)

Francis of Assisi in Painting
St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata (Giotto di Bondone)

Francis of Assisi in Prayer
Prayer of St Francis