May 26, 2009

High Paris Views ~ Montmartre

Let me invite you along to to Paris again today, in sharing some photos that I took in one of my very favorite areas of the city, Montmartre. Perched over Paris on it's tallest hill, with my favorite church in the city, Sacre Coeur at it's summit...
At the Place de Tertre are a group of poor painters who work, just as Monet, Renoir and others had done in the late 19th century. To reach the summit you climb a series of steps (or take a fenicular) and you are afforded some of the best views of the city. Beautiful little gardens, old homes, and of course cafes and gift shops abound.

Incredible views of Paris

Lovely Montmartre
We were so lucky to have gone on a Sunday morning....didn't really think about it, but we came in during an incredible service. The amazing large organ was so inspiring.
Beautiful architecture, sort of Byzantine and the stone is kept very white.
Photos truly cannot do this chapel justice.Deep in prayer at the altar while Mr. Fufu looks on

Lots of steps. Not for the faint of heart or the weak of knee
Cobblestone streets, if only they could talk

Street artists. I did not buy anything
There are many street musicians all over the city, and most that we ran across were quite good 

An old bicycle serves as a restaurant sign
We did not eat here
Or here, but found another quaint spot. So many choices!
A Parisian mime that would not let me take his photo without payment, so I stayed back and waited.
Rather bizarre
After spending the morning and filling our stomaches, we headed down the hill to visit one of my dear Parisian family members. French women tend to be quite youthful, and it really is hard to believe that this cousin is in her eighties!

A typical old Paris apartment. This is where she has lived and raised her family...nothing much changed
That's it for now...


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Love of the photos. Your cousin is very happy to see you and it shows, Janet. Hope you're better soon.

Maison Douce said...

So nice to go on tour with you!!! Last time I was there was three years ago!!! Seems like you had a great time!

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

At least your cold waited until you returned home! Hope you feel better soon, I'm waiting to see all of th goodies from Paris! Cant wait, Feel better soon, hugs, Kim

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Hope you feel better soon and thank you for sharing your Paris moments...

Maison Douce said...

Janet, my heart just sank (with happiness!) when I read your comment about how much you enjoy my blog.... Especially because I am such a big fan of yours and admire your work tremendously!!! You have made my day... Thank you!

Allidink said...

Ahh Montmartre! Love that place! I had my picture drawn there :) Thanks for the picutres.

All the best,

Primrose said...

I love and miss Paris. Your friend in her 80s looks so beautiful and young. I hope she gave you some beauty tips you can share with us?

manila realty said...

Love the photos..