I finally got to become a Parisian for a day!
Check out the Visual Diary: Montmartre; Paris, France
“On September 3rd 1973, at 6:28pm and 32 seconds, a bluebottle fly capable of 14,670 wing beats a minute landed on Rue St Vincent, Montmartre. At the same moment, on a restaurant terrace nearby, the wind magically made two glasses dance unseen on a tablecloth. Meanwhile, in a 5th-floor flat, 28 Avenue Trudaine, Paris 9, returning from his best friend’s funeral, Eugène Colère erased his name from his address book. At the same moment, a sperm with one X chromosome, belonging to Raphaël Poulain, made a dash for an egg in his wife Amandine. Nine months later, Amélie Poulain was born.” – Amélie
Recently in July, I was lucky enough to visit Paris again for the fourth time. A slightly unexpected trip as I was using it as a base from Fes, Morocco to fly back to Perth, Australia. Unfortunately, I was only in Paris for three days and two nights but it was more like one and a half days. This time round, I was lucky to spend the whole day in Montmartre and pretended to be a Parisian for a day. In my opinion, Montmartre is underrated when you compare it to other places like the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, Norte Dame, Tuileries, Place de la Concorde and the list goes on.
Montmartre is located in the 18th arrondissement towards the north of Paris with the beautiful Sacré-Cœur sitting on a massive hill overlooking Paris. Besides the beautiful Sacré-Cœur, the area is well known for its lively art atmosphere filled with cafes scattered along the streets. Many famous artists such as Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh was known to worked or had studios in Montmartre during the Belle Époque.
“An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
What to do? Walk up the stairs to the Sacré-Cœur and take in the view of Paris and marvel the church. Next, walk towards Place du Tertre and admire the artist and their artwork. Grab coffee or wine or even a meal from the square and observed the artist or even people watch. Make sure to wonder around the alleyways and get lost in the cute little stores scattered around the place. Other places to check out nearby is the Wall of Love in Jehan Rictus garden square and Pigalle area that is most famously known for the Moulin Rouge.
If you considering coming to Paris make sure you check out Montmartre and pretend to be a Parisian for a day!
Till next time, -M