If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know that I’ve just returned from Paris where I spent a gorgeous weekend exploring this beautiful city. I thought I’d share my whereabouts with you as I took a lot of amazing pictures. We arrived at our hotel on Saturday and literally had a super quick turnaround and went out exploring Montmartre in Paris.
Since we were located next to the Louvre, the easiest way to get to Montmartre is to take the metro to Pigalle located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Pigalle is famous for the abundance of sex shops and, of course, the world famous Moulin Rouge that is also located here.
We walked up the Boulevard de Clichy taking in the sites before turning onto Rue Lepic to have lunch at Café Des Deux Moulins – which was used on the set of the famous film Amelie. The place was quiet paced filled with tables and bright lights. We were greeted by a friendly manager who seated us straight away as the place wasn’t overly busy. We decided to have a salad and I opted for goat’s cheese and bacon, whilst Siobhan had a Caesar salad.
After a quick bite to eat and a coffee, we embarked on a long walk around Montmartre Paris. I absolutely adore this area and if I ever move to Paris, this is where I definitely want to live. The streets are so beautiful everywhere you look, filled with flowers and fresh fruit, shops and classic Parisian street cafes. Last time I was in Paris we chose to have snails for lunch at La Sincerre and I definitely recommend this café for lunch.
Everyone is so friendly here and I love the feeling you get losing yourself in the architecture and the streets. We walked down Rue des Abbesses towards the metro Abbesses where the Wall of Love is located. The wall of Love or Le mur des je t’aime located in in the Jehan Rictus square which is a beautiful garden overlooking the wall. This is a perfect location to just sit down and people watch, again it wasn’t overly busy and it was a beautiful day so we just relaxed there for a while. You guys need to come Montmartre Paris when you are in Paris next.
After The Wall of Love we walked up the Rue Ravignan towards Le Bateau-Lavoir located in a tiny square off the Rue Ravignan, this location is famous for being the residence and meeting place for a group of early 20th-century artists as well as being famous for the residence of Pablo Picasso and this is where he created his famous Les Demoiselles d’Avignon piece. The square is so peaceful and offers a great location just to relax and take Paris in. I absolutely love it here.
From here we decided to visit the statue created to honour the man who walked through walls located on Rue Norvins, the walk here from Le Bateau-Lavoir to here is very picturesque, I took a cute picture of a blue door which I uploaded to my Instagram. The walker through walls is a statue of The Man who could walk through Walls taken from a short story published by Marcel Aymé in 1943. Paris is one of the best locations to get lost in and stumble upon cool areas that have so much historical significance. Also, the architecture is just so beautiful.
We decided that it was a good time for a glass of wine before heading back to the hotel and since I heard so much about Le Perchoir which is a famous roof top bar located in Menilmontant we decided to try it out. We headed back to Abessess where we took a metro to Menilmontant and walked for about 5 minutes to Le Perchoir. Apparently it’s difficult to get into this place as it always has really long queues at the entrance however, we went around 4pm and it was just starting to fill out. It’s located on 14 Rue Crespin du Gast and we almost missed as you need to walk through a grey looking building to take a lift up to the bar. Once up there, you will have stumbled upon a cool place with a highly attractive crowd. We only had a glass of wine here as it was getting quite cold however, the cutest bartender came over and gave us a blanket to keep warm which I thought was quite sweet. This bar has lovely views and it’s a perfect spot to unwind after a busy day.
We headed back to the hotel around 5.30pm as I had dinner reservation at Ellsworth which is a sister restaurant to the infamous Verjus, also a must when in Paris. Ellsworth is located just outside Palais Royal and it’s the perfect spot to have a quiet dinner and taste a few dishes as all the options on the menu are made for sharing.
I will upload a vlog hopefully next week and one more post from Paris so until then.
Lots of Love.