Imagine my delight when I found out we were living only a good fifteen minute run from one of my all-time favorite treasures in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, Montmarte. Upon arriving at the top of Sacré-Coeur (the Basilica of the Sacred Heart) after various hills and flights of stairs, you are rewarded with one of the best views overlooking the entire city. When I learned that Gabe, my good friend from back home in Doylestown was passing through Paris with some friends, I suggested that we start our day at this special place. The area has an exceptionally rich art history and background. Renowned artists, including Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse lived or produced works in this picturesque quartier. Today, the talent lives on in the nearby square, le Place du Tertre. There, you will find a lively mix of color and excitement where artists dutifully draw the portraits of patient customers. Well worth one’s time is a visit inside of the exquisite and beautifully crafted Basilique, an active place of worship where mass is held daily, which I’d love for Dave and I to attend one of these upcoming weekends. As much as there’s to see in this area, what I especially enjoy is the simplicity of sitting on the steps leading up to la Basilique.  At night especially, the view is accompanied by a lively scene of friends gathering to share a bottle of wine and a small picnic, as they enjoy music and live entertainment in the square.