Montmarte is a Paris neighborhood located just north of the city center in the 18th arrondissement. It is home to hilly streets, wonderful shops, and beautiful artwork. Perched atop this lovely neighborhood is Sacre-Coeur Basilica.
Sacre-Coeur sits at the highest point in Paris and boasts stunning views of the city. When we arrived Saturday, morning the low hanging clouds and rain obscured some of the view, but it was still a sight to see.
In addition to the great views, there was a street-side musician playing an accordion! My lovely girlfriend pointed out that he was playing a classic French tune, La Vie en rose. Whenever I pictured Paris I'd always hear that cliche accordion tune in my head, but there is nothing like experiencing it first hand.
After Sacre-Coeur, Elizabeth and I headed back down the hill for some lunch at Creperie Broceliande.
According to Trip Advisor, Creperie Broceliande is the second best place in all of Paris for crepes. You may be thinking, "well second place is just the first loser," or "If you aint first you're last!" But when there is literally a crepe stand on every street, then second best isn't too shabby. Creperie Broceliande definitely lived up to the hype. I can't remember exactly what I ordered but it was some sort of sausge, potato, and egg trifecta all wrapped up in a perfectly thin pancake. It was phenomenal.
We continued to work our way through Montmarte running unexpectedly into Paris landmarks throughout the afternoon. First we stumbled upon the Moulin Rouge.
The Moulin Rouge would be located in what I would call Montmarte's "red light district." The were neon "SEX" signs as far as the eye could see.
Probably not a great place to take your kids, but if you have an eighth grade maturity level like me it's worth a look.
Then just up the hill is Le Mur des Je t'aime or better known in English as the "I Love You" wall.
After being down by the Moulin Rouge the "I Love You" Wall helped restore my faith in humanity again. It's a beautiful, blue painting situated in a small park. It has the words "I love you" painted on it in over 250 languages. It's almost a necessity you get a picture with your significant other in front of it.
Our next stop was the Arc de Triomphe. This massive arch is located in the middle of a giant roundabout.
Oddly enough there are almost no traffic signals around this giant monument and cars just drive around at their leisure. They have tunnels that take you underneath the street to the arc. We didn't go on top of the arc, but were still able to enjoy it's massive beauty from the ground.
Finally it was time to check out Paris' famous shopping street, Champs Elysees.
This street has everything from GAP to Gucci. Half of the stores are so luxurious they have security guards outside and force peasants like me to peer through the windows. We stopped and grabbed macaroons at world renowned Laduree.
I'd always thought macaroons looked like oddly colored cheesburgers, but I finally tried them and they were quite delicious.
We didn't end up buying much, but it was cool to walk down the street and experience the atmosphere.
Day two in Paris was just as inSEINE as day one! Being able to see Paris from so many different angles was amazing. We got to see the home town, neighborhood side of Paris in Montmarte and the epicenter of traffic and shopping on Champs Elysees. It was one for the ages!
Deric "Passenger" Poldberg