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Walking in Montmartre

Walking up all the stairs in Montmartre in Paris, France

It was the bohemian chic-ness that attracted me to Montmartre, part of the 18th arrondissement – suburb – of Paris. My interest was piqued as to why a number of world-famous artists such as Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh as well as a host of other writers and artists lived upon Paris’s lone hill.

My friends have raved about the area, telling me that it’s a must visit and that I’d fall in love with the area; this only led me to be skeptical that Montmartre would be a let down after the buildup. So with some level of trepidation I spent half a day exploring Montmartre from its art to its Place du Tertre, the town centre filled with cafes and vendors selling artwork; I even discovered just how tasty a Nutella crêpe was on a cold winter day and had my soul saved – not once but twice – when I accidentally attended Catholic services at both of the churches of Montmartre.

But I discovered the best way to explore Montmartre was to simply walk.

With the exception of the stairs to get up and down the hill, Montmartre is an easy place to walk around. Even if you take the stairs to the top of the hill – something I recommend you do – you’ll be entertained with an array of street art adorning the walls. Be sure to look out for a stuffed robber escaping through one of the windows, stuffed animal heads displayed like trophies, and a series of more romantic sticker art.

Walking in Montmartre in Paris, France and looking at all the lovers street art on the stairs

Street art in Montmartre, a suburb of Paris, France, depicting a toy lambs head on a board and an abstract graffiti stencil of marilyn monroe Montmartre’s art is scattered across the arrondissement, from the stairs to the side alleys. Whilst exploring the street art you may find that you are in need of some ‘sweet art’ instead and find these cute dolls made from different candy, shaped as either girls or boys. girl figurines made of lollies in Montmartre, a suburb in Paris, France

A love lock in Montmartre, a suburb of Paris, FranceWalking through Montmartre I found the area emanating an aura of romanticism; perhaps it was the beautiful views over Paris, the Bohemian nature or the village feel of the area – but perhaps it was because I kept running into loved-up couples canoodling together in the streets.

I’d found love locks in other areas of Paris, but was surprised to see quite a number atop the hill. My favourite love lock was chained to the railing of the main staircase leading up to Montmartre, where hundreds of people would walk past it every day and only a handful would take notice of it. Romance also came in the form of the Au Clair de La Lune, a hotel-cum-restaurant on Poulbot; priding itself for the romanticism that the restaurant inspires the restaurants interior is bathed in blue and white to represent the moonlight. Cafe in Montmartre, a suburb in Paris, France, called Clair de Lune

A church in Montmartre and the beautiful decorative outside

A church on the top of Montmartre in Paris, France complete with beautiful stained glass windows But it’s the churches of Montmartre that really appealed to me. With their intricate designs like the one opposite the metro station, or the vaulted ceilings and with the sun streaming through the stained glass windows of Saint Pierre de Montmartre, or the grandeur and symbolism of the Sacre Coeur. Photos inside the Sacre Coeur are forbidden, but I managed to take a few cheeky shots with my iPhone. The Sacre Coeur, the prestigious catholic church on Montmartre, overlooking Paris, France

Sneaky photos taken on my iPhone and put through instagram of the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, Paris, France Walking around Montmartre leaves your legs exhausted and I sat on the pews among others relaxing or praying when a nun thrust a piece of paper into my hands with hymns written on it in French. Thinking nothing of it I thanked her and she continued handing out the pieces of paper. Another nun must have noticed my confusion as she came over to me and begun speaking to me, in sweet French, asking if I would like to pray with her, after stuttering words at her in broken French she finally asked if I spoke French, to which I shook my head and held up my fingers indicating I only spoke a few words. She smiled and shook her head; I asked if she spoke English. Taking my hands she grasped them tightly and said something in French before turning on her heel and walking to the front of the church where the other nuns were coming together to say prayers. Stunned, I couldn’t move and sat through half-an-hour of the service wondering if I’d go to hell for being in a Catholic church or if my soul was saved.

Wandering outside I came to a shady spot overlooking the Sacre Coeur and Paris slowly waiting, watching as the sun began to set on Paris. Who’d have thought this was where my feet had taken me on this walk in Montmartre?The view of Paris from Montmartre, a suburb in Paris, France, near the Sacre Coeur

Sunset over Paris, France from Montmartre

Watching a beautiful sunset over Paris and the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre in France

Sunset from Montmartre over Paris, France and the Eiffel Tower

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    NaEun
    July 19, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Beauuutttiifffuulll photos my dear 🙂

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      Nicole
      July 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Thank you lovely! I was just channeling into the artsy feel of the area. 🙂

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    D.J. - The World of Deej
    July 19, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Oh how I miss Paris…great post….

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      Nicole
      July 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Thanks D.J! Hope you get to come visit this beautiful city soon. 🙂

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    jenny@atasteoftravel
    July 19, 2012 at 10:48 am

    You’ve taken me back to one of the most interesting areas of Paris with your beautiful walk and great photos. So many hidden corners….did you see the little vineyard hiding amongst the houses? Fabulous photo of the Eiffel Tower

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      Nicole
      July 19, 2012 at 10:58 am

      I don’t recall seeing the vineyard, Jenny! Will have to keep an eye out for it when I’m there next.
      Was very blessed to have such a spectacular sunset to photograph!

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    Diane
    July 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Gorgeous pics! Will have to make it back up to Montmartre next time I’m in Paris. I forgot how stunning it is…

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    Edna
    July 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    That last photo is a stunning shot! I live in Paris and Montmartre is my favorite area to walk around and take visitors. Will have to aim for sunset more often!

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    Wandergirl
    July 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Beautiful. There is definitely something so inspiring about walking through Montmartre.

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    Hogga
    July 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

    LOVE those shots of the Eiffel Tower – especially that one through the smog.

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    Robyn
    July 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Paris is so romantic. You can feel the love in the air.

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    Will Peach
    July 27, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Ace pics, it’s a brilliant area to take a stroll.

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    Scarlett
    July 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

    These photos are gorgeous! I love the Montmartre! x

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    Max
    August 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Like the others, I do agree your shots are amazing. Beautiful sunset shot there. Lucky you

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    Fran
    August 4, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Just found your blog via travelwithamate… and I LOVE it!!! I’ve been to Monmarte and it’s magical – your photos do it great justice!

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      Nicole
      August 8, 2012 at 6:28 am

      Aww thanks Fran! I really appreciate your comment. 🙂
      Montmarte is such a special place, I can’t wait to go back and explore more.

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    Cristina
    August 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Aw such gorgeous photos. Montmartre really is special. One of my FAV neighbourhoods ever

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    Marie-Eve
    September 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Very pretty shots lady 🙂 I love the sunset ones!

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    Julika
    October 26, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Wonderful pictures! You did a great job capturing Montmartre’s beauty 🙂

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    Marysia @ My Travel Affairs
    April 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Super picture of the tower! Montmartre is always superb! I had a period of few years that I never went there. Because it is for tourist, because because… until last spring and beautiful day I spent wondering around. Great pictures, love the street art!

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    Andrea
    February 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

    We love Montmartre! Every time we’ve been, we end up with a new painting (or three). We actually ate at that same restaurant. You’re making need to go back…

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