Historic Paris

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St Louis Island

To see The heart of Paris

St Louis island, with its concentration of monuments, may be considered the heart of Paris.

​It is not only Notre-Dâme an Sainte-Chapelle – it is… everything!

Address: Île Saint-Louis, 75004 Paris

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The centre of France

A gothic masterpiece. Notre Dame, conceived by Maurice de Sully, was built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries (1163-1345).

​In an island of Sena, surrounding by many marvels of history, it’s the centre of France, with the road distances calculated on the basis of the “0 km” marked on the square in front of the cathedral.

Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

Website: Notre Dame

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Notre Dame

It is always a pleasure the visit to this cathedral, one of the oldest and biggest of early French Gothic. In each detail we may find in our memories references of the old stories that made the history of France and western culture.This was my fifth or sixth visit, but not the last. I hope!

Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

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Stained Glasses

A special advice: If you plan to visit Notre-Dâme and Sainte-Chapelle (and you must!), start in Notre-Dâme. The stained glasses in the cathedral are very beautiful, but after seeing the wonders of Sainte-Chapelle they may seem banal. Each thing has its epoch, its concept, and comparisons are often unfair.

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Sainte-Chapelle – ​Explosion of colors

There’s no way to describe this chapel; there’s no way, either, to capture it entirely in pictures or video. It has to be lived in location.This small chapel, near Notre-Dame, is a splendour of colours. It’s incorrect to say that the chapel has wonderful stained glasses – it is just the opposite: the fabulous stained glasses compose a magnificent chapel. But there’s more.Don’t get impressed by the long lines at the entrance – you must accept them, because this is something that no one should miss.

Address: Boulevard du Palais

Website: Sainte-Chapelle

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Long Lines

Sainte-Chapelle is one of greatest wonders of Paris, but it is small. This means very long lines to enter. When planning your visit, go in advance and be prepared to a long wait.

Maybe you don’t know, but I’m a gentleman. The women had other plans (the shops in St German, of course) and I left our only umbrella with them. While in the line a strong rain came and… yes, I stayed, and got totally wet.

​Once inside, I quickly forgot it.

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Schapelle 1 n

People’s level

Not very common in most churches (I think), in this one the nobles and the people were separated in two different levels.

​We enter through the low level (people’s level) and thought the beauty is also present, it will not announce the striking light and colours of nobles’ level.

Address: Boulevard du Palais

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A loved river

One of the things that the Portuguese need to learn is how to deal with rivers.

​Paris is a good “lesson”, with a warm relationship with Seine. Beautiful bridges, gardens and monuments flanking it, and boats all day round exploring its beauty.

Address: Île de la Cité, 75001 Paris

Directions: Flows through the city of Paris.

Montmartre

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Montmartre

Would it be possible to go to Paris without walking one night around Montmartre, descending the narrow streets to Pigalle, and watching one of the liveliest quarters of the world?

For us that was the whole program, but for who wants something else, all other kind of programs are available and openly offered.

The religiosity is confined to the top of the hill…

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Sacré Coeur

In the top of the only hill of Paris, this church was built by the national will, following the defeat in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.

​The basilica, by the architect Abadie was consecrated in 1919.

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris

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Place du Tertre

There’s a special romanticism in Tertre’s nights (in summer… I may say now!). Several painters occupy the place, displaying their portfolio, while hundreds of people walk around, comparing and commenting the styles, and some of them negotiating a portrait or caricature. And the time passes quickly, comparing faces to the expressions fixed in the papers.

Address: Near Sacré Coeur

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Tertre in Winter

I wasn’t expecting the Tertre that I saw in winter!

The esplanades, usually full of life with artists all around, were closed, and the few resistant painters were sheltered inside the restaurants. The sad emptiness was justified by the weather, but it was a shock, the contrast with my expectations. No, Tertre is in summer, in winter it is just another square, at least until the arrival of the Portuguese smiles!

Address: Place du Tertre, 75018 Paris

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Funicular

Climbing to Sacré-Coeur is not too hard, but after a day strolling in the city, the funicular is almost a blessing.

Not cheap, demanding one ticket each way, it is usually used upwards to visit the hill while descending to Clichy, and that was what we did.

Address: Paris

Directions: 18th arrondissement

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The old icon

No, we didn’t enter! However, more than a club with expensive drinks and naked women in elaborated shows, this is a city’s icon, almost as Eiffel tower, impossible to pass by without a comment or a picture.

Website: Moulin Rouge

In my first visit to Paris, I was sitting in a esplanade, when my wife (girlfriend a the time), asked me where was the Moulin Rouge.
I knew that it was nearby, and walked to the center of the street to view the facades, verifying that we were exactly in front of it.

Immediately two beautiful girls approached me, saying that they were just arriving from the province, and needed someone reliable to go along with them in the cabaret.
What happened to those vulnerable girls? ​I still have a weight in the conscience for not being available to help them…