A day in Monmartre

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Monmartre
Monmartre is what one thinks of when they think of France. It’s got the little French restaurants with the painters and accordian players roaming about, it’s very quaint, there’s lots of the old architecture and little windy cobblestone streets.... Very “French.” It’s hard to feel like you went to Paris if you haven’t gone here.

It is undeniably charming, but hard to look past the excessive amounts of tourists occupying the area. When I went this time I realized how many shops with art prints and other touristy crap there were... and hardly any French people.

Anyway, I wanted very much to find the Lapin Agile, after I’d been in a play called Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin.
The Lapin on the Lapin Agile
I didn’t even know it was a real place until after the show was over and Mary found it in one of her France books. Mary didn’t want to go to Monmartre because she didn’t like all the people, but she knew I really wanted to go... She was very nice to me on this trip. :) So we searched around the steep hills for it. The bar looks very unobtrusive. Unfortunately it was closed, so I couldn’t go inside. Very surreal, though, to be somewhere like that after months of imagining what it might have looked like.

I told Mary that it would be silly if we came out to Monmartre and didn’t even go to Sacre Coeur or anything around it, so we hiked (literally!) up that way. I guess the first time I went up there when I was seventeen, I didn’t realize how awfully touristy it was, like I mentioned.
The Lapin Agile, encore
I couldn’t really handle all the people... it felt like how you feel when you’ve spent too much time at Disneyland on a summer weekend. We sat on the steps by Sacre Coeur for a little bit just because the view is soooooo wonderful. There was some American guy playing slightly dated American pop songs on a guitar. Ha. And there was a creepy guy behind us trying to talk to us... we were kind of over that, so we left. So we decided to take an adventure through the windy streets to find Les Deux Moulins, which is the cafe they used for the movie Amélie.

Walking to the cafe was kind of an adventure. The streets of Monmartre are crazy. They are all very steep and curvy and even if you have a map it’s still a mystery which street you might run into.
In case you didn't get it the first time
We saw a big windmill at an intersection. We ended up cutting over and finding it down some random side street.

When we were ordering in French, the waitress went out of her way to tell us how impressed and surprised she was that we were speaking French to her. I guess a lot of tourists come in there because of the movie, but Mary and I felt very good about ourselves, since so much of the trip had become devoted to us trying to fit in as much as possible. We got an apple tart kind of a thing. It was pretty good. Most of the cafe didn’t look like the movie, which means they must have changed it a lot for the film. Weird. It was still cool though.

Then we went to explore the rest of Monmartre. That was a fun thing to spend time on. Lots of quaint stores.
me... yep
.. mostly closed... really, really cute, though.

We had a lot of day left, so we went to the Opera station, loaded ourselves with a bunch of Ladurée macaroons (it was near Madeline) and tried to go to Les Galleries Lafayette. However, we found out it was “Easter Monday,” which I didn’t know about, and that’s why so many things were closed. That was unfortunate, since it was going to be our shopping day.

We decided the only thing we could rely on would be... the Eiffel Tower. We went to the grass on what I consider to be behind the tower, and sat. Again, good memories of sitting. Mary and I discussed how you spend so much time thinking,“I wish I was hanging out in Europe instead of working,” or, “I wish I was sitting in Paris instead of sitting in my room.
me again...
.. I would give anything for that,” etc, that then when you finally ARE sitting in Paris, you don’t really know what to do with yourself. You are so overcome by the fact that your wishes are coming true, that you no longer have anything to fit into the wishing part of your brain, and all you can do is... well.... sit. Sit, and be content with the fact that you’re exactly where you want to be.

Anyway, a sunburn and a handful of Prince’s cookies later, we walked a bit away to have a photo shoot, and then walked back to the metro.

We tried to get falafel again, but it was closed. Apparently Passover takes a really long time. Mary was so disappointed. But we got Amornio, so it was okay.

Instead, for dinner, we went to a little restaurant down the street from the hotel. It had a bunch of little globes inside. The service was terrible, and it took FOREVER for us to get our food, but the food was awesome. Paris has such good food. We had some really tart grapefruit juice. I had some beef and rice with really good spices on it. It was called something weird that I don’t remember. Mary got a pesto pasta.

It was still warmish outside so we went on an evening walk around the area. It was swell. 
emmllerg says:
Enjoy your next vacation to Paris
Posted on: Jun 02, 2013
Vikram says:
You've probably heard this comment before, but you're a fantastic story teller. I finished reading your entry on Monmartre and I'm still smiling.
Posted on: Apr 14, 2012
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Monmartre
Monmartre
The Lapin on the Lapin Agile
The Lapin on the Lapin Agile
The Lapin Agile, encore
The Lapin Agile, encore
In case you didnt get it the firs…
In case you didn't get it the fir…
me... yep
me... yep
me again...
me again...
Sacre Coeur!
Sacre Coeur!
The incredible view from the steps…
The incredible view from the step…
Ah ha! The Eiffel Tower!
Ah ha! The Eiffel Tower!
aaahhhhhhh pretty.....
aaahhhhhhh pretty.....
Les Deux Moulins
Les Deux Moulins
Inside Les Deux Moulins
Inside Les Deux Moulins
The Eifffffffel Tower, bien sur
The Eifffffffel Tower, bien sur
Ma soeur et moi Ă  Paris
Ma soeur et moi Ă  Paris
me take 1
me take 1
me take 2
me take 2
mary take 1
mary take 1
mary take 2
mary take 2
Tulips by the Eiffel Tower! mmm...
Tulips by the Eiffel Tower! mmm...
Paris
photo by: Sweetski