(Sitting on the steps of Sacré Coeur)
Day 7 of our trip to Paris was the only day it didn't rain, therefore making it one of our favorite! There were rare moments that day that we were actually able to take off our jackets and feel the warmness of the sun. Being from Miami, we crave the sunlight and were missing it in Paris. Funny thing is, we asked some of the locals we meet if it was normal for the weather to be rainy during May and they said that it is usually warm and dry and that we had bad luck! Oh well, maybe the weather will be nicer next time we visit.
(What an amazing view of Paris!)
(Waiting for the funicular)
(One of the many steps to take in Montmartre)
We entered the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos inside of the church, but we kinda broke the rule. We just wanted to share with you how beautiful this church is. We took it without flash of course!
Next stop was just a few steps away at the Place du Tertre, a plaza where artists gather to paint for tourists. There were all kinds of artists showing off their talents similar to how it must have been in the beginning of the 20th century where now-famous artists lined the square with their easels.
(Cristy watching the artist (Michele) put the finishing touches)
(Do take a photo with the artist it's a great memory. Michael recognized the artist he had bought a painting from back in 2005)
("Joey in Paris")We were tempted to buy something from each artist, but we decided to go with this original artwork made specifically for us. We named it "Joey in Paris." If you look closely, you could see our chihuahua Joey on the left side of the painting. Although he couldn't make the long trip with us and stayed at Mrs. P's parent's house, he was with us in spirit!
(Croque Monsieur, vanilla eclair and wine)
We found this really cute cafe (La Gallette Des Moulins located on 1 her rue Norvins) near the plaza with a terrace overlooking the area and decided to take a break and have some wine and a snack. By that time, our feet needed a break too!
We really enjoyed the small museum and got a fantastic view of Clos Montmartre Vineyard which is the only vineyard in Paris. That was one of the things on our list to see, so we are glad we were able to see it from the house as opposed to getting an obstructed street view.
Another must-see on our list was the Lapin Agile Cabaret. This is just around the corner from the museum. This was once a meeting place for struggling artists of the 1900s. It is still open and the shows are quite economical.
Also on that street was a quaint little restaurant called La Maison Rose. La Maison Rose is located on 2 rue Abreuvoir. The little pink house on a corner was depicted by Maurice Utrillo in a painting, making him a renowned painter in early 20th century Paris, called 'La Maison Rose à Montmartre.' It hangs in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
We decided to have lunch in this famous pink house. We started with some glasses of rosé wine. Mr. P had a tarragon chicken in a cream sauce and Mrs. P had a steak with a herb and butter pasta. The food was delicious and the weather was perfect to sit outdoors, take in the sunshine and people watch.
(Random artwork on a wall)
At that point, it began to rain, but luckily we were steps away from the theatre and were able check in our umbrellas and shopping bags. We had a great time at the show and were entertained from start to finish. The Moulin Rouge is a lot more than just topless women - it provides unexpected stunts such as a woman swimming with pythons! Overall, they put on a great show!
We wish we could have spent more than one day at Montmartre. We didn't get to see the cemetery, the cafe where Amélie was filmed and there were a few art studios we wanted to check out. I guess we got a little backtracked with the laid back atmosphere of the place! That's a good thing though. That is what vacation is all about! Check back with us tomorrow as we share day 8, our last day in Paris with you.