Friday, August 29, 2014

Panthéon & Notre-Dame de Paris

Pantheon was originally built as a church, but is now used as a  mausoleum for famous French people.

Unfortunately, the dome is under renovations at the moment

neoclassic architecture interior


The basement is now used as a mausoleum for famous French people such as Voltaire, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo and Marie Curie


Notre Dame cathedral
gothic architecture interior

mid-day mass

Notre Dame in the evening

Notre Dame from the side

Notre Dame from the back

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Montmartre

Montmartre is the area that includes Sacre-Coeur Basilica and Place du Tertre. There are plenty of shops and restaurants, and also artists who will sketch your portraits.

road behind the basilica

around the Place du Tertre, where there are many artists sketching portraits
(unfortunately they're not too keen on having their photos taken)



We stopped by here for dinner. Food was average.






Thursday, August 14, 2014

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Sacre-Coeur Basilica)

Sacré-Cœur Basilica is located at the top of Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement, and is a short walk from the 4 and 12 metro lines. The basilica offers a good view of Paris, and has plenty of shops and restaurants nearby (which I'll save for another time).

One thing to note, is beware of the string scam at the bottom of the stairs. As you walk by, men will approach you and try to tie a string around your finger or hand, and then demand a steep payment for what's essentially a worthless string. Just keep your hands close to yourself, don't make eye contact and walk pass them.

Sacré-Cœur from the bottom of the second set of stairs.
Watch out for all the string scammers around here.

back view of Sacré-Cœur, from Rue du Chevalier de la Barre

The area gets a bit rough at night, with a lot of people sitting around getting drunk.

View of Paris from Sacré-Cœur