At the end of October I packed my little carry-on suitcase and went off to a one week trip to Paris and London. I really needed the break and was happy that my brother and an old friend of mine accompanied me. We took the TGV to Paris and arrived at noon on the last saturday of October. Because our Airb’n’b was conveniently located in Montmartre we choose to use the afternoon to explore that special part of the city.
I know some of you might find it creepy but we started our tour by exploring the cemetery of Montmartre. You will find it in the west of the quarter. The entrance is at the end of the Avenue Rachel.
Make sure you take that entrance, before you end up walking around the whole cemetery like we did in search for another one. Because we thought – “there surely is more than one entrance”. Well, I tell you there isn’t 😉
Some very famous painters, writers and musicians are burried on that cemetery. But even if you don’t spot one of the famous graves, the variety of tombstones and decoration is quite unique. Within seconds the quiet and the calmness of the cemetery lets you forget that you are in the middle of the French capital.
After leaving the cemetery we headed up the hill towards Sacré Coeur passing the famous Place du Tertre. Make sure you don’t take the direct way. Just walk around, get lost and discover the narrow alleys and old streets of that quarter. But, do make sure not to miss the vineyard behind Musée de Montmartre.
From there we strolled through the narrow streets heading slowly towards the dome of Sacré Coeur. On our way I admired the pretty little houses and dreamed up a whole life of me living in one of them.
– What do you say? Dream house material? –
Finally we arrived at the breathtaking cathedral Sacré-Coeur.
The square in front of the cathedral is very crowded due to the view you get over the city. Because Montmartre is the only hill in Paris and so it is the only natural place for a good view over the town.
Do go into the cathedral. It is free and the interior is as beatiful as the outside of the church.
Speaking of dinner, because we stayed in the middle of Montmartre we went out for dinner to a couple of pretty good restaurants. The food was such a treat so that I completely forgot to take pictures…
So, if you are looking for a good location for a nice french meal, you can’t go wrong with those:
A cute little roastery with local sourced food and a small well-arranged menu. The staff is very friendly and speaks English if your French is a bit rosty. They offer a deal for a three course menu on the evening for only 29 Euros.
If you want traditional french food, go to Chez Toinette. We tried our first snails there and endulged in a delicious dug as a main and a heavenly creme brulée. It is a bit more pricy than Jeanne B. but worth every visit. Do book a table though because it fills up very quickly.
This restaurant was extraordinary. The menu costs 35 Euros and you get close to Michelin star dinner for that. I was mind-blown by the price-performance ratio. I would have not expected such a treat for that amount of money. Again I would recommend to book a table. And don’t be put away by the french menu. The staff do speak English as well.
I can’t recommend those three restaurants enough. The food was delicious and the staff very friendly. In all three locations the waiter or waitress spoke English. On the top of that, they were also very helpful with the selection of wine.
I mean what would be a proper french dinner with a good glass of wine, right?