(late) wanderlust wednesday :: montmartre, paris, france

a day late…

My favorite part of Paris. (hill seen here from the 2nd level of the Eiffel tower)

The wonderful little hill of Monmartre has a rich and quite dark history (they used to take people up here to kill them) that has shaped it into the darling part of Paris that it is today.  It’s old Paris, it’s where the spirit of the way Paris used to be lives on.  Many artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and Dali lived in here when they spent time in Paris.  It’s simply wonderful.

Sacre Coeur is a Roman catholic basilica that is atop the hill, the highest part of the city.  You can clearly see it from the photo above.

From the church, you have a great view of the “skyline” of Paris.  One thing I really love about most European cities is that there isn’t really isn’t all of the huge sky scrapers in the skyline.  Just rows and rows of rolling buildings.

Another must see in Montmartre is of course, the Moulin Rouge and the Red Light District, which really isn’t all so sketchy, especially in the day time.

Moulin means ‘windmill’ so literally translated it simply means ‘Red Windmill’.  Sounds a lot less magical in English.  I’m sure you all know all about the Moulin Rouge so I won’t bother talking much about it.

Speaking of windmills, Montmartre used to be the home of many many windmills, and all but one were destroyed.  the only one left standing is called Moulin de la Galette, which was known for milling a brown bread called galette.

There is a little hidden square tucked in between the winding roads and it’s one of the essences of Montmartre,  It feels so Parisian.  There’s many cafes and artists selling their work.

Another place you want to be sure to see is the Cafe de 2 Moulins, where a lot of the film Amelie was filmed.  It’s a quaint little cafe with some amazing pastries and unique desserts.

look at the wonderful French man on the right!!

There are so many other wonderful cafes in this area, I was in in my own little dream world.

Croque Madame

This was literally a perfect evening: eating a crepe and espresso at a little cafe in old Paris looking down the hill at the rest of Paris.

Other little parts of Montmartre:

The street Van Gogh and his brother lived on.

My dream apartment: top level of this building

Montmartre is a must see if you are visiting Paris.  So much to do and see and revel in.  It’s one of my favorite spots in the world.

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