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.

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