Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
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Basilica of the Sacré Cœur
As one of the most visited cities in the world, Paris is full of both tourists and locals enjoying the beauty and attractions of the city. Although sites like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are visited by thousands daily, lesser known areas are also flooded with hundreds of people at a time, which can easily change the mood when trying to enjoy an intimate setting. When I first saw the beautiful church called Basilica of the Sacré Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) in the 18th arrondissement, also known as Montmartre, it was crowded with many "tourists" (myself included). I knew the only way to enjoy it was to revisit early the next morning before the sunrise. The streets were completely clear during the pre-dawn walk up the steep hills of Montmartre, on my way to the church. As selfish as it sounds, I felt as if I owned the streets during that walk, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Upon arriving at the church I was relieved to see no more than 10 other people there, which was completely different from the experience the day before. I sat at the foot of the steps and watched the sunrise with the city of Paris as a nice backdrop. A great way to begin the day.
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