While in Paris, Fabulous Cousin and I decided to take the trek up to Sacré Coeur one day. We had a great time, despite the wet snow and generally hazardous conditions that made it nearly impossible to traipse around a steep mountain. (We are from New Jersey. Anything on an incline is a mountain.)
A word of warning here: DO NOT get off the Metro at Anvers to see Sacré Coeur. The exit features a 10-story climb up circular steps. It is not for the faint of heart or the claustrophobic. After we reached the outside world again, I stood off to the side to catch my breath and watched people practically crawling their way up the last few steps to daylight. If I were a mugger, I would stand right at that exit. There is no way anyone would, or could, run after you.
While the funicular is a great help in ascending further to the church, there are still many, many steps you must climb to get to the promised land. Prepare yourself.
Hilariously, we only took photos of the view from the church and not of the church itself. However, I am pleased with the results:
We visited the charming neighborhood behind the church, then descended, walked through the fabric district and ate at a brasserie that would be a diner in America. GREAT omelet, with fresh mushrooms. Yum.