I am so excited to share pictures from my wanderings in the Montmartre district of Paris! It was one of my favorite moments from Paris. The corner cafes, fresh fruit stands, little art shops, and rows of colorful houses made me feel like I was walking around a Paris frozen in time. Gone were the kitschy tourist stores and pushy tourists – instead, I wandered among locals (there were still tourists, just not as many as at, say, the Louvre) on the narrow, car-less streets. You’ll just have to see the charm of this neighborhood for yourself:
Judging by all the Amelie posters and postcards, I’m preeetty sure this was the fruit shop from the movie! I actually watched the movie after I got home (loved it) and did a double take when I saw the fruit shop. Put two and two together, and I believe I bought a peach from the famous film location.
Montmartre used to be a hot spot for artists. Many of the greats such as Dali, Monet, Mondrian, Picasso, and van Gogh had studios or worked there. The whole “artsy district” vibe only made me love this place more.
Given the amount of restaurants and cafes up there, you’d think I had a fantastic French meal. Well I didn’t. One, I couldn’t read the menu, and two, I didn’t know what’s good around there. So I somehow wound up eating a dinner made entirely up of bread, cheese, and potatoes. Um, next time I need to go with a French friend who can order for me…
This landmark here is the Sacré-Cœur Basilica (Basilica of the Sacred Heart):
Its steps seemed to be a popular hang-out spot on a summer evening. As it also was the highest point of the city, sightseeing did not disappoint:
And the rest of these pictures show more reasons why I think Montmartre was the greatest:
Now can you see why I liked Montmartre so much?! It’s the romanticized vision of “old Paris” that I’ve always imagined from books and movies. If I had spent any more time there, I may not have come back… Exploring this neighborhood again is reason enough for me to return to Paris.
What is your favorite neighborhood in Paris?
Thanks for reading!