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Sacre-Coeur and Montmarte

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Yesterday, we went to Montmarte, which was annexed in the 1860s during Haussmann (because everything seemed to happen around that time). It was a poor, dirty area on the outside of town with lots of activity and crime.  It became famous for the Moulin Rouge and the Sacre-Coeur.  Artsy people lived in the area because it was cheap, making it a hip area, until the cool place to live moved.

We went up the funiculaire to the most elevated spot in Paris: the Sacre-Coeur, which is a stunning Romanesque basilica.  Unfortunately, I could not take any pictures inside the basilica, but I can always have my memories, and this video on their website:

the view from the top

Professor Smith treated us to a delicious French dinner after class.  I had duck for the first time! And I had missed mashed potatoes so, so much.

After dinner, we walked to the Moulin Rouge, which unfortunately is not all that exciting since, other than the red windmill, it is like the other places on the street.  It’s in located in what is still the Red Light distinct of Paris.  Places like that are completely legal, which I wonder if it is because of difference in culture or because of the money that it brings in.