On day 5 of our holiday, we headed North to the area of Montmartre. We passed some pretty strange shop windows on our way to the Sacre Coeur…
The streets leading to the church get steeper and steeper, until you are finally met with the steps that take you to the top. There is a monorail which takes you up in no time at all, but we’re not ones to take the easy way out, so up we climbed!
The stairs don’t look like that much hard work, until you get halfway up! It’s all worth it in the end when you are met by this glorious sacred building. We did take a wander inside the Sacre Coeur, but unfortunately no photos are allowed, so you’ll just have to visit it for yourselves. The view from here was pretty spectacular too. It’s a shame the Eiffel Tower is mostly hidden by trees.
More on my outfit a bit further down 🙂
All those steps had made us hungry, so it was back down we went, passing by the Moulin Rouge, surrounded by an array of tourist stores (and sex shops), whilst we looked for somewhere to lunch.
I really do love the Moulin Rouge, I only wish we had the time (and money) to go inside for a show. I’m definitely going to save up for my next trip. The foyer is decorated with lively photos from the evening shows, and paintings by one of my favourites, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. He captured the vibrant lifestyle so perfectly.
For lunch, my Nan and Aunty Jean both went for ham and cheese toasties, topped with a fried egg. This dish is quite popular in France, we spotted it on most menus. In French it is called Croque-Madame. There is also a version without the fried egg on top called Croque-Monsieur. Absolutely delicious! Of course I had to go for yet another créme brúlée. I’ve lost count which number this one was.
Across the road there was a restaurant decked out like the 1920’s which very nearly shared my name. My name is French, so it’s probably not that surprising…
A few months ago, I attended a special shopping evening at Joy in conjunction with Stylist magazine. You may remember I picked up this beautiful Louche Elisha Dress. I bought it to wear to my best friends wedding in Cyprus, but I thought I’d give it a trial run in Paris first. As the weather was still a bit chilly, I paired it with some dark navy wool tights and a white cardigan that I got from a clothing swap. I do love this cardigan, but it does leave fluff on everything! My outfit was completed with these white brogues from Matalan.
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We took a nice long walk back towards our apartment, passing by the Cirque d’Hiver, arriving in our neighbourhood just in time for dinner. After a little wander around the corner, we stumbled across a small but stylish restaurant, La Vache Acrobate. The decor was very hip, with drawings and sculptures by new artists hanging on the walls, and hundreds of corks lying in the window beds. This place had a lovely relaxed atmosphere, which suited us perfectly after a long day of walking, and all those stairs!
We ended our evening back at the apartment, carrying on with our puzzle over another bottle of wine.