I had us go on a very nice tour of Montmartre in Paris with a guide/actress from Australia through Sight Seekers Delight. We had, as our guide, Hanna. She was amazing; Funny, insightful, and poignant. I highly recommend doing this if you get a chance. Mr. K was so pleased with it. Here is a glimpse into the beauty and wonder of the day.
|Our tour started here, Place Blanche in front of the Moulin Rouge. |
This is an actual photo I took of that day, not a postcard. It's just that cool.
|Say, who is that dapper man sitting in front of Starbucks like it was his|
birthday or something? Oh yeah, that's my man!
Off we went! Up a hill and voila, a very famous café!
|Amélie Poulain's café|
I couldn't resist this beautiful flourist shop:
|You can almost smell the roses.|
|We don't know what building this was, but it was so cool with the teal bricks!|
Because of the artists that stayed here, some places are singled out as hits to see. We came across Van Gogh's room where he stayed with his brother, for a time:
|Where you see sunflowers, that was Van Gogh's room|
|Moulin de la Galette from afar, where artists hung out |
partied up until the 30s
Turning a street, we were introduced to the artist hotel, where many would share a room and an attic. One person would sleep in the room while the other would work in the attic and then they would switch. Saves on rent, n'est-ce pas?
We continued our walk and were told delightful stories about two statues in bronze, where it's good luck to shake hands with the man from Le Passe-Muraille by Aymé and Dalida, where it's good luck to, er, well, we'll let the other slide for now.
|This lady is Dalida, a great singer of |
disco to the French
|Good luck handshake.|
Continuing on, we passed the house that Utrillo did a lithograph of, the Pink House:
Turned to look up the street and wow, what a sight!
|Sacre Cœur is in the distance!|
By the way, did you know that Montmartre has a vineyard? Yep. It sure does. They make a Beaujolais red wine every year. Fun factoid.
|Absolutely magnificent, isn't it?|
We tore ourselves away from the majesty of this monument and found our way to Place de Tertre, or now known as the Artist's Square:
|You can just feel the energy here|
Descending down the hill, we made our last and final stop at Le Mur Des Je T'Aime, or the I Love You Wall. Created as a monument to love, it is a meeting place of lovers in Paris.
|There are more than 250 languages to say "I love you" here.|
|"Love is disorderly, so let's love!"|
|Mr K, me, and the guide|
|Also featured in "Amélie"|
That's our new little crêperie that we like! So good, excellent price, and the best Celtic Kirs around (made with cider and cassis and raspberry). The crêpes are delish and we even got a fidelity card. We will most definitely come back.
We returned home shortly afterward and had fondu and cake. (by the by, a framboisier is great!)
So ended a great birthday out for Mr. K.
Happy 29th, dear one!
Thanks for reading!