In addition to easily spotting the Eiffel Tower, you will notice a hill just North of the city with a big white church on it. This is Montmartre (mohnt-mah-truh), the highest point in the city and a great neighborhood for a leisurely few hours.
You can head to Montmartre by taking the Metro. To get up the hill, you can walk up the 270 steps – or take my favorite way to the top – the Funicular, it’s like a small train that goes UP a hill! How cool is that? You can find it at the end of rue Foyatier.
When you get to the top, you will be at the beautiful white Sacré-Cœur Basilica. (See more on it in number 7). Up here – high above the city – you get an amazing view of the w-h-o-l-e city of Paris.
After enjoying the sweeping city views from the basilica’s steps, stroll over to the old village square, Place du Tetre.
This once-Bohemian neighborhood of poets and painters like Renoir, Picasso and van Gogh in the late 19th and early 20th century, today is full of local painters and artists displaying and selling their work. Cafes line the square offering a great spot for wine, a cheese plate and watching people go by. It’s where Painter Pooch Pierre painted my Meowna Lisa!
Down rue Norvius at rue Poulbot is Le Tire Bouchon, a fun stop for the live piano music, ambiance and crepe or aperitif (don’t forget to tack up your business card).
At the bottom of Montmartre, you’ll be in Pigalle, a fun place for the evening. Once home to Paris’ cabaret and dance halls including the famous Moulin Rouge (it means red windmill in French and is as old as the Eiffel Tower from 1889) where you can still enjoy an evening of entertainment.