This was one of my must-go to-places in Paris. Here between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, famous artists gathered at local cafes and bars to bemoan the fact that they were not rich and famous – artists like Delacroix, Gericault, Cortot, and impressionists like Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissaro, Cezanne, Gaugin, Lautrec and Van-Gogh.
In the 19th century came the cabarets – Moulin Rouge and Le Lapin Agile. They are till here. The Moulin Rouge was destroyed by fire in 1916 and was reopened in 1926 with such artists as Josephine Baker and Maurice Chevalier.
The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur is one of the most visited monuments in Paris. At 430 feet, it is Paris’ highest natural point. It took the Catholics from 1876 to 1910 to built it. In The Roman-Byzantine style, it was in penance for how the surrounding neighborhood had become so rebellious and sinful. It offers a widespread view of the city. There was a wine festival going on today, and thousands of people made it impossible for us to go inside. Very disappointing!!
All those steps – it’s enough to make your legs ache just looking at them!!