I can’t believe that it has been nearly a whole year since were back in Paris, and I’m only posting about that trip now. Heads up, now that I have more time there will be A LOT of travel posts coming!
I really feel like this was the trip where we discovered what type of travellers we are – it was our second time in Paris and we didn’t have all the high expectations that come with visiting a city for the first time. It was a very chilled out trip. This was a good thing because it rained quite a bit on this visit.
It was also on this trip that we started learning how to properly use the DSLR we bought in Dec 2014 and not just point and shoot on manual mode and hope for the best. A lot of the photos we used to take came out BAD, like real bad, maybe 15% came out OK, but that was purely down to luck! I’m not saying the photo’s from this trip were MUCH better, but we all have to start somewhere!
Back to the trip. We caught the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris and arrived around midday, we made our way to Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement this was our favourite area of Paris from our previous trip, back in the day it was the neighbourhood for artists. We had booked a cosy (read really, really tiny) AirBnb apartment just a stone’s throw away from the Sacré-Cœur, in all honesty, it was perfect for the two of us but could have definitely done with a bigger bath/shower.
After dropping off our bags and settling in we took a wander through the streets of Montmartre looking for a spot for lunch, we noticed something as we walked – there are a lot of random sculptures of faces and boobs on the walls. It was so peculiar, we started counting them and got well into the double digits by the end of the trip, somewhere around 30 of each.
I don’t know what it is about churches in Europe but they are always so magnificent, so even though we had been inside before, we took a stroll through the Sacré-Cœur and afterwards couldn’t resist taking a few photos outside.
It started to rain so we ducked out of the rain into Le Ronsard Café and decided to stay for lunch, the food was pretty good (you really can’t go wrong with that much melted cheese) and not too badly priced either considering the portion sizes and the fantastic view of the Sacré-Cœur. Riaan went for a Croque monsieur and I had a Croque madame (the one with egg on top).
Tip: If you’re not in need of lunch grab a sidewalk table and a glass of wine (or coffee) and enjoy the view, this is a perfect spot for people watching. Don’t let the slow service put you off.
After lunch, we continued our wander through the steep cobbled streets, in search of a tiny crêperie we found on our first visit to Paris. It wasn’t too long until we found it, nestled in between La Foccacia and Le Petit Café de Montmartre on Rue Joseph de Maistre. They make the best fresh crepes to go! My mouth is watering just thinking of them.
Tip: Always choose a place where the crepes are made fresh while you wait, avoid the stalls that cook their crepes in advance and stack them up only to heat them and add your topping when you order.
Another tip: If you’re really full, unable to walk, have tired children or you’re just straight up lazy, there’s a little white mini-train that drives up the hill winding through the streets of Montmartre – an easy way to get a feel for the neighbourhood without having to face the many stairways and cobbled streets.
Crepes in hand (they didn’t last very long TBH) we decided to make our way down the hill to the Eiffel Tower, stopping at a M&S on the way to pick up some picnic supplies.
We found ourselves a little less damp spot on the grass in the Trocadero Gardens and settled in for the show, sipping wine and chatting away as the sky turned to purple and then as twilight set in, the Tower lit up the sky. Every hour as the tower began to sparkle you could hear the collective Oooohs and Aaaahs from fellow onlookers.
Tip: Apart from the hawkers walking around the gardens constantly trying to flog their merch on you, viewing the Eiffel Tower is much prettier from the Trocadero Gardens, you get the reflection of the tower on the fountain’s water which just makes the whole thing a touch more magical.
When the wine was all finished we packed up our picnic and took a stroll around the gardens, the perfect ending to a day in the city of light.
Stay tuned for day two in Paris feat the best breakfast in Montmartre, more Sacré-Cœur photos and some other touristy stuff. Can’t give everything away now…
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