One of my favorite neighborhoods that I never get to spend much time in is Montmartre. When Brian and I were in Paris I knew I wanted to take him to see this charming neighborhood. We didn’t get to explore this area on our honeymoon so this was a must see on our day trip to Paris. I love what an artistic feel Montmartre has. The hills and winding streets are such a departure from walking along the river. Each street looks like it’s straight out of a painting. It’s no wonder so many artists have called this charming corner of Paris home.
From our stop at Place des Vosges we took an Uber to Sacré-Cœur (saved ourselves the hike up all of the stairs). The views from this spot are pretty impressive but it is a very popular tourist spot. I do find Montmartre to be more crowded than some of the other areas of Paris, but it’s still worth a visit. From there we wandered over to Place du Tertre which is described as “artist hangout.” It’s an open air market that transports you back in time. The square is lined with cafes where you can sit and admire the artist’s work.
We wandered around until we decided it was time to eat. Instead of eating at the square we made our way down Rue Norvins to Le Consulat. I had seen this adorable spot on Instagram and wanted to capture it, too. The ambiance can not be beat. We picked a table around the side on a quiet street and ordered deux croque monsieur. While it wasn’t the best I’ve ever had, we lingered there for a while savoring our evening.
After dinner we took a stroll down Rue des Saules to the picturesque corner where you can find la Maison Rose. This is one of my favorite streets. Between the pink buildings and the ivy covered houses, it’s picture perfect. Brian joked that I had taken more pictures in one day in Paris than our time in London thus far. It wasn’t true of course (well it was close) but who could blame me with such amazing scenery?!
As I mentioned in this post, I brought a change of clothes with me for the day. In all honesty that was a “blogger thing” but I’m glad I did. By this point in the day it was much cooler and I was happy to be more bundled up. Not to mention, it was an excuse to wear my beret. By now I’m sure you’ve seen that berets are all the rage this season. Brian told me that all of the Parisians would be laughing at me, to which I said “not the chic ones” and proceeded to point out every person wearing a beret.
When the sun started to set, we knew it was time to head to the train station and back to London. No amount of time in Paris is ever enough but I have to admit that the day was perfect. Just enough time to touch my heart yet again. xo Bryn
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