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Easter stroll in Saint-Germain

place Furstemberg 2

I hope you’ve had a lovely long Easter weekend! I went to over to Saint-Germain-des-Prés this morning to catch the movie Journal d’une Femme de Chambre starring Léa Seydoux and strolled around the area afterwards.

Deux Magots Saint Germain

Saint Germain Bonaparte

I believe it was my first time having lunch at a terrace this year, with the distant sound of a piano concert on place Saint-Germain no less.

Ladurée Saint Germain

Ladurée Saint Germain window

Saint Germain Paris 1

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Maison du Chou

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Saint Germain Paris 3

Saint Sulpice

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Jardin du Luxembourg Senat

The Jardin du Luxembourg was unsurprisingly incredibly crowded. Not a free chair in sight!

Jardin du Luxembourg Fontaine Medicis

Jardin du Luxembourg boat

Jardin du Luxembourg flowers 1

If only pictures could capture fragrance.

Jardin du Luxembourg flowers 2

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Sunday morning in Montmartre

Montmartre Rue Maurice Utrillo 2

I never go to Montmartre. The Sacré Cœur and its surroundings are must-sees when you visit Paris but because it’s not central and I have no particular reason to ride the subway up to the butte, I hadn’t been since showing a friend around a year ago. What prompted me to return? A picture from the Brassaï exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville showing rue Foyatier, flights of stairs running down the hill with gorgeous lamps. There was an air of mystery to the image telling me that I was missing on something.

Montmartre 1

Montmartre 2

Today was an exceptionally sunny day in an otherwise drab, rainy week, so it was perfect for exploring. I rode the subway up to the Abbesses station on line 12. What is striking about Montmartre is how it reminds one of a village within the city with its cobbled streets, greenery and old charm. This is after all where Amélie Poulain was shot.

Montmartre rue Gabrielle

Montmartre rue Chappe

Walking up the butte and along rue Gabrielle, you will come across a first picturesque flight of stairs on rue Chappe. Then turn around and climb those steps to get your first glimpse of the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur.

Montmartre Sacré Coeur 1

Head towards the grand entrance of the basilica but make a stop just before the funicular on your right: that is where you’ll find rue Foyatier, the beautiful street I mentioned in the introduction.

Montmartre rue Foyatier

You are now on the highest point of Paris so do take in the view. The basilica is surrounded by hordes of tourists but a music player (a harpist today) will probably ease the moment.

Montmartre view 1

Montmartre view 2

Montmartre Sacré Coeur 2

Montmartre Rue Maurice Utrillo 1

With its monumental size and architecture, the Sacré-Cœur is a sight to behold but not really worth visiting several times. Instead I circled the basilica and headed down the charming rue Maurice Utrillo. Once there I turned right down rue Paul Albert.

Montmartre rue Paul Albert 1

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Wouldn’t you want to live there? And doesn’t this building remind you of the Flatiron in New York City?

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Then walk down the rue Ronsard to reach to the bottom of the park with its lovely carousel.

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Montmartre carousel

Montmartre Sacré Coeur carousel

To return to the top of the butte, you can either climb the 222 steps of rue Foyatier or use a metro ticket to ride the funicular.

Montmartre fountain

Montmartre place du Tertre

The place du Tertre is very touristy and honestly I didn’t bother to look at the art, but it’s a reminder of Montmartre’s past as the home of great painters such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Salvador Dali and Claude Monet.

Montmartre Eiffel Tower

There are many other things to discover in Montmartre: vines, tiny cobbled streets and chic houses half-hidden behind gates… Alas, my phone died. So now I suppose I have another good excuse to explore the area?

Have a great week everyone!

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