Sunday, June 26, 2016

Day 4~Montmartre~


It is unfathomably warm and dry here..the skies are true blue..the grass ..true brown..the peonies have disappeared into the heat..the roses eaten by the chafers..
we cannot water..albeit by hand..pots and baskets..
it seems that it's feast or famine au Québec..
but sunshine..is what I would pick over grey..any day.
I do love the sound of the rain and all the benefits for the earth and the environment..but IF you had to pick...
and sunshine..finally showed it's pretty face on day 4..~Of Paris~
I think you may see a spring in our step at last~




Wall of Love


A wall of I Love Yous..as you arrive at Des Abbesses station~♥



Beautiful little park..birds chirping..children  playing in a nearby schoolyard:)







I read a book.. re Rue Des Martyrs..the Only Street In Paris.. and I quite liked learning about the area..



Cute signs abound~



We took the funiculaire..and I recommend it..your metro pass covers this.~



Sacré-Coeur~  see that statue bottom left?



A mime~



The views from Sacré~ Coeur are phenomenal.

Day 4 saw us getting up to a bit of fog and sunshine..what a welcoming warmth the sun is..
We left early..direction Montmartre.
Our daughter stayed there on her honeymoon and she described it very accurately saying..I know you'll like Montmartre mom:)
She was right..
It's packed with charm..some very visible..and some discovered walking the pretty streets..
I am so glad we got there early..when we left..it was packed with people and vendors had set up around Sacré-Coeur..I am glad I saw it devoid of that :)
It is easy to spend a day there..walking up and down..up and down..
looking up and down..right and left:)









Let's see ..what would I have loved there?  The sun? Seeing the artists at work? The pretty pretty homes?


I love this song and you may enjoy hearing it also~



The famous Maison Rose~













The above..so pretty to me~



My place...below..




Audrey Tautou's place~



Remember..look everywhere..





Stop for lunch..moules et frites?
And meet a cute cute couple ..from Washington DC..on their honeymoon..
Married in Paris the day before..wedding planner from Paris..  just for the 2 of them~







There she is again..



Notice the soccer balls?



Lunch in Paris? Pinic in Provence?
Elizabeth Bard's Scaramouche~



And then onto..home again:)
To be continued...





Reading Cara Black's book on my sidebar..so far Aimée..is using a turquoise scooter..but usually a pink one is used..
I think Aimée was where we were staying;)





School's out for summer~






PS.

I will mention this on my last post of Paris..but just in case some of you are itching to go to Montmartre soon..
You may want to look at a post Martine~Alison posted in 2015..I was not even thinking of Paris then..
now I wish I had seen more than her art:)

Martine ~Alison is an artist..and it just so happens that apart from her home..she owns an apartment in Montmartre that has just been renovated to a T..

These are views she posted from that apartment..

http://martinealison.blogspot.ca/2015/10/un-petit-griffonnage-feutres-sur-papier.html


I can tell you that I really enjoyed Montmartre..

that I have seen photos of her apartment..and a link to her rental..and I think ..you could contact her..should:) 
I think I would have..

I think you can still use Caryliss..which was great for us..

Comfort zone.

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  1. Monique, your photos have me wanting to take flight and spend an afternoon roaming around Montmarte. The view from there is so amazing. I like your shot of the ET in the fog. Cara Black was here signing books Thursday evening. I had planned to attend, then something came up and I had to miss it. I have not read any of her books, but intend to. Love the pink scooter! '-)

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    1. The books are great fun..they remind me a lot of Louise Penney's books here..but different..ohmygosh you could have had one of her shoe bags:)
      You get so many great writers to visit you!
      Montmartre is very special.

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  2. Aww, so glad to see some sunshine--especially after the mugging story. The sea of red plaid tables, the pink roses, the black cat sign, the Ivy-covered windows. . . Yes, charming. 'So happy you guys did this. :)

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    1. Our daughter recommended Montmartre..they loved staying there..Place du tertre..is still charmning..may of the painters have signs..written..Pas de photo..
      I respect their privacy..they were so intent on what they were doing..along the allées..in general..it was ok to photo..
      The Moulin Rouge area is racy:)
      I have never seen so many..of those shops..lined up one after the other..it all works with the area.
      You would love it Val...Montmartre..
      The side streets are lovely..so many beautiful private homes..gardens..we liked Dalida in the 70's..there is an area just for her..

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    2. Yes, I remember it from the enchanting Amélie. Someday! My student loans should all be paid off within the next four years, so some of the money I've been throwing at them since I was 23 can go toward some FUN things, like your trip, more often then. :)

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    3. Perfect..I think you were born to travel and write.

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  3. I'm glad to get to see more of Montmartre. We spent just a morning there, but I did see that it was an older part of Paris and historic. At least I got to feed the birds my morning baguette there. Can't believe it is so hot in Quebec. Are you having to turn on the ac?

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    1. Very little..There is not much humidity..we have ceramic and wood floors..it stays comfortable enough..before bed he usually turns it on then off..I find humidity is a big culprit.
      We often get heat in summer but not this many consecutive days.
      Loved the feeling of the residential streets of Montmarte..Do you have many photos Donna.would love to see.

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  4. Oh, such beautiful photographs! *swooning*

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    1. A very pretty area..shaded streets..beautiful vegetation.Unique!

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  5. Love seeing Paris through your eyes!

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  6. Like many of the other comments, I really loved seeing Paris through your eyes. The things you chose to snap a photo of such a joy to see, such as the cafe & boutique signs all the things I notice, which brings charm to an area. So glad your visit did have some sun and ending on a happier note after the terrible black day you experienced and will never forget at the beginning on the metro. Fabulous photos.

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    1. It's the little things that charm me..details..quaint..like you!

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  7. Lovely photos! I came upon a little park in Montmartre and found a small group of old men playing pétanque. I watched them a while, highly amused. When I left, they stopped, and tipped their hats to me! Not a word exchanged. Just smiles.

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  8. Mon I can't see a lot of your picture's? But the I saw bring back memories for us!☂

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  9. Mon forget my comment after I wrote it and went back to your site they appeared....

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  10. You truly captured the spirit of Montmartre. I like the house with the two birds. That road was blooming with the lilacs when we were there. How perfect you were reading Cara Black's book when you were there. It looks like you had a great time rain and all.

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    1. Images that will saty with us :) The residential streets are so pretty..quiet..shaded..in all the right places..Just started Cara B's book..I didn't have time to read in Paris..and on the plane I just kept watching movies:)
      I have read 3 books of CB..and they have been enjoyable.
      I discovered her through ParisBreakfasts,CarolG.

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  11. Lovely photos that bring back wonderful memories.

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    1. I knew you would have liked it too..Montmartre..just has such a feeling to it.

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  12. Thank you for the lovely tour! You have such a wonderful eye and the photos are wonderful. Hope you see some rain soon - and that it passes quickly!

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    1. It rained!And it may again..grey now..we had your burgers sat. and Noah gave his a thumbs up:)

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  13. The next time we go to Paris I want to rent an apartment in Montmartre. We did not spend enough time there last time. Your photos are wonderful Monique.

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    1. I know someone who has an appartment in Paris..I just found out..she sent me photos and it's adorable..I am sure she would not mind if I directed you to her.

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  14. Lovely portrait of Montmartre!
    I didnt know you stayed there?

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    1. I didn't ..we took the Metro..And spent most of the day there..arrived early..and still we did not see everything I would have liked to see..Le Lapin Agile..there is a windmill also..and the Montmartre cemetary..there is such a cute movie theater..I really liked it:)And La Rue Des Martyrs..I wanted to walk it..all:)

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  15. So glad the sun finally came out to brightened your day and spirits, Monique! I love all of the charming store fronts and signs. I can see why you loved Montmartre. The mime, of my goodness he does look like a statue! What glorious views from high up. The building you loved, I would have taken tons of photos- so pretty. Charming photos of the artists under their umbrellas :) It must have been a touch cool that morning judging from their jackets. Moulin Rouge in person! I love the movie with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. Such wonderful sights you saw.

    Summer vacation here too :) Oli at a pool? We had M & D overnight this past weekend. HOT and sunny on Saturday, rain Saturday night into Sunday morning in the wee hours and then sunny and quite hot again by noon. Perfect pool weather but I'm glad the gardens got watered at night!

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    1. You had both?:) Isn't it fun?Such a precious feeling of caring so much for someone♥
      Oli is at the Yacht Club..there is a pool there..so while Fred works on the boat etc..Caro and the boys go to the pool..lots of kiddies..fun for them..
      We did see wonderful sights..I had 2 days I particularly enjoyed..this one..and the next one..
      Gardens here..too burnt.I find the grass is like the frame and part canvas..burnt is not pretty..hope it comes back..

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    2. Yes, both :) I'm a little tired today - LOL. How nice yours have that pool and other children to enjoy! You should have a fairly mosquito-free summer at least :) We had a year like a few years ago. Grass was so brown too hard to water and haul hoses here, there and everywhere. At least I could keep the garden watered though. Fingers crossed for your grass and garden!

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    3. LOL Susan.I hardly sleep a wink in bed with them..and I keep my mascara on;)

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  16. Beautiful pics, Monique? You have a way of finding beauty everywhere!

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    1. You can't help it there..everything was very charming to me.:)

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  17. I especially like the outdoor dining places...so pretty!
    That lost pic is priceless...such a cutie pie♥️
    Gardens will flourish once again...don't despair...
    My daylilies are in bloom here at home!! At least 3 weeks early...
    enjoy your week Monique...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I see buds on my daylilies..but none in bloom yet..I just snipped back all the dead peonies..furry hair..so much humidity!All of a sudden today..thick air..and hair.
      It's a great place..so much to see lots of eye candy:)

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  18. Thanks for taking me back down memory lane. We visited in the evening so it was crowded. We brought home a watercolor from one of the artists. Your photo takes me back, maybe we'll get their again sometime soon. If we do, I think we will do as you did and avoid the crowds.

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    1. :)
      Early AM..and the light is so fresh and new..I was tempted..very..

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  19. So lovely and brings back so many wonderful memories. So happy the sun decide to shine for you! Awesome pics!

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    1. Scott took such fabulous photos Chris..I am quite the novice..And we never were out late enough to see the Eiffel Tower lit up..it was daylight at 10PM.
      It was a welcome sight that sun..and watching the banks start to recede..what a mess some restaurants had to clean up..felt sorry for them..

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  20. It brings back such wonderful memories for me when I was there in 2010! Thank you!

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    1. It is fun to walk down memory lane isn!t it?
      :)

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  21. Bonjour chère Nana,

    Lorsque je parcours chacune des vos magnifiques photos, j'ai l'impression d'avoir fait cette promenade avec vous !
    Il est très plaisant de revoir chacune d'elles.
    J'espère qu'un jour, vous reviendrez et que peut-être nous la ferons cette promenade parisienne ou une promenade lyonnaise !

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. Quelle chance que ce soit Montmartre votre bijou:)
      J'ai bien apprécié ce lieu charmant:)

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  22. Oh, this is splendid, and for me another reminder of a very special place. One of my favorite days in Paris was here in Montmartre with a blog friend, Peter (of Peter's Paris) who took us through this marvelous area! Your photos bring it all back! It looks like you fell in love with it as I did. I couldn't stop blogging about it either! (And aren't Cara Black's books wonderful? I love Aimee!) Thanks for the link. I'll be off to visit! (And your watercolor is marvelous!)

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    1. I do enjoy her books..having just stayed in the Champ De Mars area..this one is hitting the spot..she cracked me up though with the reference to Quebec music..I had just watched a special from Toulouse with our Garou as host.Lol..Celine Dion..etc..we are known for our music..
      I love Aimee also..almost tempting me to a Tintin watch;)
      The apartment..the views..
      Thanks Jeanie!

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    2. Peter's Paris..didn't Carol G see some of Paris with him..it's ringing a bell!

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  23. Your glimpses are SO wonderful. Love them Monique!

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  24. MOnique, I feel like I am truly visiting Paris through your Camera Lens. Perhaps one day I will be able to see these delights in person! So lovely. Thank you so much for your very generous sharing with us. Montmartre! How wonderful! The perfect area. You must have walked your socks off! There are some spots in Quebec from my memory that could be Paris. Love your little summer sun bather! So handsome! No sunbathing here. I almost want to put the heat on this morning, its that chilly, but I will resist! Love and hugs. xoxo

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    1. You are right marie we do have areas that are very charming..Le vieux Québec..and le Vieux-Montréal..I have a whole Pinterest board on Momtreal:) QC..and Paris.
      It was a spur of the moment oft spoken about trip..we're home for a while..The walking is non-stop..and Montmartre is up and down..where you see the sign la vigne de Montmartre..I was adding a band aid:)

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  25. My comment did disappear, so i am writing it again...LOL It is so nice to see Paris through your eyes, especially with your photography skills.
    Love the quaint shops and the food is ooh la la. So many places to see and visit. A true paradise for an artist. We loved our adventure.

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    1. Poor you..what a pain to write twice..but thank you:) Oh I am sure you loved your adventure! It is exacty that!

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  26. Thank you for the charming tour! Hope you see some rain soon, it is very dry here. But it rained and hailed for 30 minutes on Tuesday, and I thought my plants were goners but no.

    I would love a scooter :-) LOL

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    1. I used to want a scooter also:)double LOL.

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  27. Fabulous post and photos, Monique! As I've mentioned, my daughter lived in Paris for 7 years...I spent many blissful hours walking here. Took my granddaughter a few years ago and she loved it as much as I!

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    1. It must be so nice having someone there! I know the day we met my friend Nancy who also lived there..was our best day..your grandaughter must have loved being with you:)

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  28. Loved your stroll through Montmartre…I haven't been in that part of Paris in years. You were lucky to arrive early as the crowds of people and vendors around the Sacré-Coeur made it impossible to get nice photos when last there.

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  29. Wow!! I loved the photo tour of Montmartre! There are so many beautiful places there and you captured all of them ♥
    ~In love With Paris~
    Hugs, Jody

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    1. You ..would love Montmartre..as my daughter said to me..:)

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  30. Bonjour ma chère Nana,

    Un grand MERCI pour ce gentil petit mot ajouté à ton petit billet concernant mon appartement à Montmartre ainsi que le lien.
    J'espère qu'un jour prochain à Paris ou à Lyon nous aurons l'occasion de nous rencontrer.

    Mille bisous,

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