So, I am very behind on my blogging timeline here. Because this next string of images is from almost two weeks ago - at the Butte Montmartre.
Montmartre, itself, is a great neighborhood that I recommend you visit if you are ever in Paris - full of old world charm, small shops, and classic cafe's (aside from the Starbucks of course). There's the Red Light district (Moulin Rouge, Le Chat Noir...), the fabric district (I wish I knew how to sew, I would be in heaven), and even the cafe featured in "Amelie" (just looking on IMDB, I guess that is the neighborhood the whole story was based...like I said, great neighborhood).
So the "Butte Montmartre" is kind of the icing on the cake.
Montmartre is north, and is the highest point in Paris (to find out 'how high' and all the other technical details, go here). So when you reach the top, or the "butte", you can see all of Paris. Kind of like the Eiffel Tower, except free.
At the top, there is the Basilica Sacre Coeur, a Roman-Catholic church.
and then on down there are a multiple number of stairs to lead your way towards the city...
The most famous being a staircase called, The stairs of Rue Foyatier.
I did not climb these stairs, there have been enough stairs for me to climb since I've been here, and I've already lost a good pant size as it is...but it looks like a good trek - yes, a good trek indeed. In fact, if you are unwilling to take the stairs they do have a solution - a gondola-like ride right next to these famous steps (I did not photograph that wonderful eye-sore).