Montmartre

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:

Amelie Fruit Stand Montmartre

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 Art Shop

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.

Montmartre Paris Le Consultat

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):

Basilica Sacre Coeur Montmartre Paris
It is both a national penance for the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War and an embodiment of conservative moral order.

Basilica Sacre Coeur Montmartre Paris

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:

Sacré-Cœur Basilica Steps Montmartre

And the rest of these pictures show more reasons why I think Montmartre was the greatest:

Dali Street Lamp Montmartre
It all makes sense now. Didn’t know at the time that one of my favorite artists worked here, which is why his name is on street sign.
Montmartre Paris Restaurants
More cafes and restaurants
Montmartre Art Shop
More art shops

Montmartre Paris

Montmartre Paris Flowers

Montmartre Paris Flowers
Could this place get any prettier?

Montmartre Paris Houses

Montmartre Paris
Awww, so cute!

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!

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