Places

Sacré-Cœur & La Maison Rose

Last week, I moved to a new hostel in the Montmartre area of Paris. It is in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris famous for the Moulin Rouge & La Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. At night, this area can get a little creepy with all the sex shops & strange men but during the day it is full of tourists walking up towards the Sacré-Cœur (or Sacred Heart in English).

Last time I was in Paris, I loved this area. It has my favourite coffee shop KB Cafe which is right near the hostel. They actually make proper coffee including Flat Whites. And it also has one of my favourite accidental discoveries, La Maison Rose.

A few days ago, I decided to take a walk up to the basilica. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a cloudy Paris day but I still managed to take some photographs from the outside.

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When you look down from the Sacré-Cœur you feel like you are on top of the world probably because it the highest point in Paris (Yes, apparently, even higher than the Eiffel Tower).

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Inside, it is extraordinary. There is a beautiful ceiling and as usual the many candles. What makes this place special is that it can be seen from far away as it sits so high above Paris.

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But my favourite (and probably the most Instagrammed place) is La Maison Rose. It is just so cute! I always like having a Croque Monsieur and a drink here.

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La Maison Rose means Pink House & literally everything is pink from the walls, to the tables, to the menus with hints of sea green. No wonder the artist Maurice Utrillo painted this picturesque little house.

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