Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre
We began our journey to Sacré-Coeur with a walk through the streets of the student district of Paris, heading towards the quartier Latin. On the way we saw some halls of residence and other accommodation, schools, various university buildings and education sites.
After our leisurely stroll through the streets, we were let loose to go shopping down the Boulevard St Michel. Whilst some of us went crazy in the clothing stores, others were overwhelmed by the 7-storey bookstore, Gibert Joseph, which we discovered on a street corner. Once we met up with the whole group, we all shared the stories of our conquests and bargains, the most exciting being Vincent's Y3 shoes he had been waiting to get for the whole trip.
After a short ride on the Métro, we arrived at the Abbesses station at the foot of Montmartre. We began our slow journey up the hill, enjoying the sights and stopping for lunch along the way, which had been provided by our youth hostel. We detoured to see the Café des 2 Moulins, where the famous French film 'Amélie' had been filmed, and took our photos to mark the occasion. Near the top we saw the portrait painters at work on the Place du Tertre.
Upon finally arriving in front of the steps of Sacré-Coeur, we were all exhausted. We spent time exploring the huge cathedral, with its impressive paintings and enormous organ. It was a magnificent sight, and we all wish we could have taken photos (unfortunately forbidden) to capture the beauty. After enjoying the luxury of descending by cable car, we headed back to our youth hostel where we relaxed in our stunning rooms and enjoyed a hearty dinner courtesy of the hostel.