Sunday, 7 September 2014

Day 3 in Parieeee!

Hello lovelies! I hope this post finds you well!

This is part three of my Paris journal and it was the day that we visited Montemartre.  Montemartre is the area in Paris where the artistic people are said to live, and it has a really cool French vibe to it.  You'll find loads of artists around the steps of the Sacre Coeur offering to draw you, but beware my lovelies as many of them will also try and charge you a fortune for the pleasure!  More on that later...


We were following a little walking tour from our guide book to Montemartre and the first landmark we spotted along the way was the super famous Moulin Rouge.  Famous for its burlesque dance performances (and made even more famous by the film-which I loved) Moulin Rouge is definitely still a major tourist attraction as the world and his wife were trying to get a good photo of it from across the street!  I was a little underwhelmed by it to be honest, although I'm sure the shows there are pretty amazing even today.  I was even more underwhelmed by the tacky street it sits on...it was sex trade city, but in a seedy way...I'm no prude but it was totally not what I expected!  A word to the wise...don't take your mother there ;)

Just around the corner however lay a totally different story; the beautiful Rue Lepic which some of you may know as the place where 'Amelie' was filmed.  When I pictured France in my head, Rue Lepic is what I imagined with its little grocery shops, fishmongers and bakers.  It seemed like the perfect place for a spot of lunch and a tipple (we were on holiday after all!) so that's what we did!

Me and my incredibly strong Mojito!

After Rue Lepic, we wandered a little off course from the guide book (basically we got lost!), but we found some amazing little vintage shops so I had to go in one!  The guy in the store told me that everything had been reduced by 10 euros (but some of the stuff was priced at 10 euros...so it's free right?!) but sadly there wasn't really anything that caught my eye.  If I'd been on my own, I probably would've spent hours wandering in and out of the vintage shops but I didn't want to subject my poor Mister to that kind of torture, so off we went to try and pick up the walking tour again!
We didn't manage to get right back on track, but we did find Pablo Picasso's first ever studio which is now a cute little house.

It was after this that we decided to abandon the guide book and just have a wander, and after climbing what felt like a million steps after all of the walking we'd done the day before (my poor legs!) we ended up slap bang in the middle of Montemartre, and it was amazing! Gift shops everywhere, loads of cute little bars and eateries, and the best ice cream I've ever tasted, I only wish we could've managed a second day there!
In these photos: posters at one of the gift shops, the place I tried Praline ice-cream for the first time,
and an amazing lady singing in French and giving out favours to the children nearby.

Montemartre has such a lovely hustle and bustle feel about it, and some of the best (and cheapest!) souvenir shops in all of Paris.  I wanted a mini Eiffel Tower to bring home and I got one here for 1.5 euros (about £1) but they were 3 or 4 euros nearer the tower!  The artists as I mentioned earlier are everywhere.  I was warned about their cost to draw you before I visited Paris so my main tip here would be to just say no.  I'm sure some of them are reputable but it really isn't worth the risk...unless you want to pay 50 euros for a picture that looks nothing like you!! So beware!!

Just around the corner from the gift shops stands the beautiful Sacre Coeur which was one of the buildings on my Paris hit list.  It is absolutely breathtaking!  We had planned to climb to the top of it (it's free to do so), but the view is so good from the foot of it we didn't really feel like we needed to.  You can see ALL of Paris from the Sacre Coeur, it's amazing and definitely worth a visit!



The view...can you spot the Notre Dame?

After visiting Montematre and its million souvenir shops, we trundled back to the hotel back past the Moulin Rouge and along the quaint little streets, to get ready to find somewhere to go for our evening meal.  On the journey back I took a little snap of some of the balconies as they were so pretty; it's like this everywhere in the centre of Paris, just gorgeous.


For the evening, we headed to a bar up by the Arc de Triomphe (again I can't remember its name...oops!) and after having posh nosh the previous evening, we opted for a good old pizza which was absolutely delicious.  I had to mention this meal as Chris ordered the whole thing in French from start to finish, and was so proud of himself!  We followed up the pizza with cocktails and Nutella crepes (amazeballs!), so afterwards I was fit to burst!  Thank goodness for all of the walking!  I opted to leave my camera at home on an evening, so these are courtesy of Chris's iPhone...





Mmmmm.....

So after Day 3, oui, still J'adore Paris...
 Hope you enjoyed it...thanks for reading!
xxx
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  1. Montematre is my favourite part too, we stumbled across it by accident! I never knew you could climb to the top of Sacre Coeur so I'll have to do that next time, saying that I think on my last trip I couldn't have possibly managed to fit in any more climbing, we climbed 3 things for views!

    I couldn't believe the road the Moulin Rouge was on either, we went at night time so all the sex shop windows were lit up with their neon signs, it looked so seedy!

    x



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    1. Yeah I was really surprised at how tacky it was but I loved Montematre, so Parisian :) every time I write a post I want to be back there! Xx

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  2. Oh your Paris series makes me want to go back again! Our favourite thing to do was buy baguettes, cheese, salami and red wine (of course) and have picnics! My all time fave part was getting the train out to Versailles! The gardens are so beautiful and you can have lunch right there....lush!

    Lou x

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    1. Aww I'm glad you're enjoying it Lou! I've only just got home and I definitely want to go back!! I didn't get to Versailles but it's def on the list for next time!! Xxx

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  3. Ahh such a lovely post Kayleigh! I miss Paris so much when I see other peoples photos of their time there... everything is so beautiful and photogenic. I miss the smell of boulangeries and seeing all the Parisians walking home after work with their freshly baked baguettes. Looks like you've had an amazing time :)
    Shivani x x x
    www.cloudinateacup.com

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    1. Thanks Shivani I loved it so so much! You were so lucky to have lived there for a short while I'd love to live there!! Such an amazing place :) xx

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  4. Looks like you had a lovely time in Paris, I am so envious, I can't wait to go again soon! All the food looked mouth watering too :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get the chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks sweetie I've followed you back! I've a few posts left to do of Paris so more to come! Thanks for your kind words xxx

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  5. This was such a beautiful post, I loved reading about all your little moments and adventures!!
    x Justina // abentpieceofwire.com

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    1. Thanks so much lovely :) look forward to checking out your blog :) xx

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  6. Nice post and your pictures are perfect, i love Paris.. maybe we can follow each other via Bloglovin, GFC? let me know on my blog and I’ll follow you back.

    New Post… Visit Curly Glow

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