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Why Montmartre Is The Best Parisian Neighborhood

Sep 15, 2008
To really get a taste of a place, you need to go local. Checking out the tourist traps does not give you much of an authentic experience. In Paris, this means checking out the various little enclaves throughout the city.

As an amazing contrast to the area beneath it, the white Sacre Coeur Basilica sits atop Montmartre as a cherry sits upon a sinfully delicious dessert. Home to everything that has stereotyped Paris over the years, this section of the city is not to be skipped over.

Okay, you have to see Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Once you are done with your tourist duties, why not slip into something a bit more realistic? Montmartre is it with a combination of the very old and new.

A quick word of caution. Montmartre has been tamed a bit for the tourists, but it is still a place with plenty of character. Watch the street artists and your wallet at the same time. Both are likely to get plenty of attention.

As often happens with places where famous people once where, Montmartre has a lively collection of businesses trying to sell the past. Junk memorializing van Gogh, Monet and Picasso are to be found everywhere you turn. Ignore it.

Montmartre is actually a pretty large area. If you want to avoid the people hocking everything under the sun, try to stay near the bottom of the hill. Here you will find a more authentic experience and taste of the neighborhood.

It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the mimes and what have you. Ignore them. Take a moment off to the side to realize you are walking through history. Look around and take in the home where a poor Picasso painted a masterpiece or two.

Montmartre will frighten and thrill all those that allow it to seep into their souls. While you might not forget one night spent at the Moulin Rouge, you will find that the remnants of this town buried deep into your memory have nothing to do with sequins and bright lights.

Paris is not the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. It is the quirky, eccentric neighborhoods. Montmartre is one such area and one you will never forget. If you travel to Paris, missing it would be a sin.
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Todd Gibson writes about trekking to and fro for NomadJournals.com - makers of rugged journals that make great unique holiday gifts for people who have everything.
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