The one Paris tourist trap you can’t miss, and no it’s not the Eiffel Tower

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Heather

I had a lot of “must see” items on my list when visiting Paris, Arch De Triumph, The Louvre,  and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, but all paled in comparison to one; Sacré-Cœur. Now when you look Sacré-Cœur up online you will see some fantastic photos of a beautiful Roman Catholic Church one that is great to see in person, but not really the main reason to visit Sacré-Cœur.

I have to admit I didn’t even go inside Sacré-Cœur. Instead, I climb what felt like hundreds of stairs and a workout good enough for the whole week, to see the view from the top as I stood in front of the church. Montmartre is the tallest hill in Paris and is where the Sacré-Cœur sits. From here you can see out to all of Paris, and it is quite a sight to see. You can even get some spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower.

As for the tourist trap part, it was definitely a big part of the scene down below the stairs to the Sacré-Cœur. Once up top we weren’t hassled at all, but Montmartre has become the prime area for tourist gift shops, scams and even being charged to use a restroom. I promise the view is worth dealing with all of that and more. It’s quite spectacular and definitely should be on the top of your list.

(pick a sunny day and your photos will be fantastic! I unfortunately only had cloudy days while visiting)

Here is my tip to avoid some of the scammers at Sacré-Cœur: If you don’t mind skipping going up the stairs right in front of the Sacré-Cœur, trust me they aren’t the best stairs anyway. I would recommend heading over to the far left of the church and taking the stairs to the left of the tram. Yes, there is a tram (or as it’s called in Paris, The Funicular) that can take you up to the top, but unless you don’t need any more exercise or have a hard time climbing stairs I would skip it and save your money (yes it costs).

Be sure to take your camera with you as these will be some of your best photos of Paris!

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We love watching them learn, and learning along side them. Together we have now explored many new countries, visited family on the other side of the world for the first time and made memories that will last a lifetime.