A short tourist's trip to Montmartre will usually involves exiting the metro station - Anvers, the walk uphill, taking in the panoramic view of Paris city from the top, visit The Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, walk downhill, walk around Place du Tertre (a square with artists lined around) go down hill further and leave via the metro station - Abbesses.
This routine path is often filled with tourist - tons of them, but it is still nice walk on clobber stone streets lined with rustic houses.
As for art, I was really looking forward to the sight of artist doing their art along side clobber stone streets and had previously thought of buying some art pieces. However, the abundance of tourists at the place hardly put me in the mood or in the mind to select an art piece that I would feel satisfied as years goes by. The artists were obviously talented at their work and yes I do get that experience if I could imagine that all the other tourists were not there - not forgetting I am also a tourist.
The layout - artists line the square surrounded all round by cafes filled with people that were obviously not local French.
As with all touristy places, the food around Place du Tertre can be quite costly, but after a long walk up the hill, the temptation from the aroma of beard, coffee and crepes can simply be too much. Anyways, as a tourist, its alright to pay a little and indulged in the atmosphere. On the other hand, for one that can withstand all these temptations, a hearty meal downhill at Abbesses might cost as much as a light meal uphill at Place du Tertre.
Simply put, Place du Tertre is a place to visit if you are in Montmartre.
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