Paris Perspective: Montmartre

Rainy Day Cafe

I sift through the photos of our recent trip realizing what I often do.  I wish it wasn’t over.  That I’d like to be there now in so many of the places we ventured, the clock slowed enough to allow for the details I capture with my camera, then forget about until I upload them and begin to edit.

I wonder.


A tub with a view

If I went without my camera, would I notice anything differently?  Might I be able to absorb it all without looking through the lens and pushing that shutter button as often as I do?  I know I’m willing to take some risks in life, but that probably isn’t one.  And I thank goodness for my very patient husband who volunteers to carry the camera bag, and stops whenever I do, waiting for me to do what I do.
Montmartre chimney pots

 

A month has passed since our return and I know I’ve transitioned to the wistful state of wondering when we’ll be able to go again.  Even the most minute difficulty experienced while traveling (or not so minute as was the case for this trip) has passed into the grey area of my otherwise ridiculously accurate memory, now replaced by what I’m seeing in the images I brought back.

Rue Gaston Coute

When I think of them, I realize they’re categorized by views and street scenes, the shops and window displays that always get my attention, architecture, the people, and Montmartre, where we stayed.  That’s as good a place as any to begin.

Montmartre, an old village in its own right until Paris grew around the butte it spills over, has La Basilique du Sacre Coeur perched at the top.  It’s a place which has always been connected with artists, performers, and once upon a time, those seeking tax-free wine. After sifting through what seemed to be every apartment rental in Paris, I realized I wanted to see rooftops and chimney pots when I looked out a window.  The decision where to stay was simple after that.

Just how many photos can one take of rooftops and chimney pots?  Well.  I’ll save those for later.

In the meantime, enjoy my perspective of Montmartre and its unique charm.  And if you visit, don’t skip the touristy spots, but do take time to walk around the streets and enjoy this part of Paris we enjoyed so much.

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Vin Rose + Chocolat Chaud
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Square Joel Le Tac, Montmartre

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La Part des Anges, Bistrot a Vin

Steps of Sacre Coeur

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Sacre Coeur Gargoyle

Paris from Sacre Coeur

I’ve got far more to share, so if you’re interested, you can find the rest of my Montmartre set on Flickr here.  And if you’re planning a trip to Paris, I’ve written about my preparation for our vacation to France and Germany at kellementology, my often neglected writing blog. I’ve included a variety of links that I enjoyed as I planned for Paris in particular.

As far as the rest of our time in Paris goes, all things in good time.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

31 thoughts on “Paris Perspective: Montmartre

  1. These are really nice. I can’t help but remember how grumpy my youngest daughter was when we visited some of these exact spots. So, this helps bring back the good times. thanks, 🙂

    1. After that wonderful trip to Italy you took, I would look forward to your trip to Paris. You do a thorough job of telling all about it. It’s like being on vacation without the expense!

    1. Thanks, Patty! Not quite done sharing photos yet. I’ll have you yawning by the time I’m done and then I’ll whip out the Germany photos!

  2. I had so much fun visiting with you today and seeing your photos from your trip. I was lucky to finally get to visit Paris 4 years ago with a girl friend and I had the time of my life. Your photos are amazing and brought back such great memories. I thought the old world charm there was amazing. I always think of American In Paris when I think of it. I hope someday to get back there again. My stamp room is down in a Paris theme, because I came home soooo in love with it, and my hubby loves that I contain my love in one room now that we are married. I had no idea I had Paris all over before he moved in!

    1. Thanks so much! That’s exactly how I feel when I see a post someone has written after a trip. I love living vicariously through others’ adventures. I can imagine it would be a completely different experience going with a girlfriend. Although my husband is more than accommodating, I wouldn’t push my luck with some of the shopping I would like to have done. I’ve seen a lot of Paris themed home decor items and they’re a lot of fun! The whole idea is cheerful.

    1. I completely understand Deb. I think half the reason it’s taken me so long to work through my photos and get them posted is because I’m wallowing in the experience. And yes, I’ve still got a travel bug as well 🙂

    1. Thanks, Barb! It took us forever to get there, but it was worth the wait. And yes, that quaintness is what I was craving in that enormous city.

    1. My goodness! Are you one of the lucky ones who gets to visit regularly? Fabulous! And you are welcome — love a good reason to think about what makes me smile.

  3. I often wrestle with the dilemma of if to drag my camera around with me every minute. Sometimes I don’t so I can just be in the moment. However the times that I do having it around is as you said, it makes you mindful about seeing.

    1. It’s a tough one! Especially when the shots aren’t going the way I’d like them to — it focuses my attention away from the real place. I don’t like that part.

  4. Oh Kelly! Once again you transported me out of my boring daily life into the beauty of your travels. Thank you once again for the few minutes of escape…

  5. Your photos are so beautiful, I almost feel like I’m there. I would love to go back someday. When I went to Paris in the mid 90s–during my poor teacher living overseas phase–my camera reflected my station in life. Would love to go back now that I have a good camera and know how to use it. 🙂

    1. It seems most of the people I know have been to Paris — and many when they were fairly young. I always wonder how much has changed compared to how it is now. Yes, I’d say going again would be just the ticket for you. I had a lot of fun snapping all my photos!

  6. I saw these photos when you first posted, but couldn’t coomment on my phone. SO glad I came back and looked at them again on my big girl computer. Just stunning, stunning shots Kelly. I’ve savored each and every one of them.
    I often wonder what I would remember without my camera, seems many times the “memories” I have are created from the photos I’ve taken. Maybe because I look at them years later and remind myself of those particular moments??
    Love your photo journal… keep ’em coming!

  7. My daughter honeymooned in Montmartre and recommended there for us to stay..I know I would love it..I look forward to going to read your other blog:)
    GREAT PICS!!

    1. I’ve heard so many people say how much they enjoy Montmartre — people who have lived there, stayed there like we did. It is a lovely, different slice of Paris. I’m glad it’s what we chose.

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