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Sacre Coeur Basilica (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) sits atop Montmartre hill with a view of the Paris skyline that has inspired writers and artists since its completion in the late 1800s. Montmartre holds the heart and soul of the Paris experience.

At the highest point in the city, the site where the basilica sits is where tradition tells of the beheading of the city’s patron saint, Saint Denis, in the 3rd century.

Sacre Coeur retains its pure white color from the travertine stones which excrete a substance acting as a bleaching agent after the rains.

ESCAPE DRINK OF THE DAY: A glass of Ch√Ęteau Margaux (Margaux, Bordeaux) sitting at the foot of Montmartre hill.

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