We arrived Montmartre and headed for the Funicular Railway. You can either take the 300 stairs or the funicular. Us oldies chose the railway. As Paula had been there before we let her lead the way. We were warned about the scammers at Montmartre by our Cruise Director. On the Sunday when they went up as part of the tour, a couple of people got conned out of $300. If you haven’t seen them play their games, you can watch but do not gamble as you will lose. It’s the 3 cups , which cup is the stone etc under. You will see a couple of people “win”. These people are all part of the scam. That’s how they get you in, you put your money in as you think ok if they win so can i. Trust me you will not win. As we were making our way to the funicular we saw lots of these scammers. Suddenly they packed up and ran. The police in Paris are always trying to stop them. I think it’s a part of Paris that will always be there.
Montmartre is on a large hill in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. Home to many artists.
We got out of the funicular to this site. Isn’t it amazing above and below. The views over Paris is spellbinding. Falling in love with this city is so easy.
So as I said before we let Paula led the way. She knew there were lots of shops and cafes around the place. So off we go. Nothing! we kept walking. Finally we found this cafe/restaurant. It was lovely, the lady who owned it took our photos. Our lunch was a flan for Paula, an orange Brule for Muriel and I had a chocolate soft centred pudding. Oh the food was yummy and the coffee and tea was just what we needed. Paula will probably say she got us lost again. I dont think so. We would never have found this cafe if we had gone the “right” way instead of turning left. That to me was the right way and thank you Paula for taking us the right way!
My soft centred chocolate pudding.
Muriel’s Orange Brulee
We still had stairs to climb, even though we had cheated an taken the railway!
If you have ever walked with Paula you really need to have skates on. She zoomed up these stairs like their was no tomorrow!
Every where there are artists drawing and painting pictures. Many do portraits or caricatures. They say nowdays that it is too expensive for the artists to live in Montemartre as its too touristy. Even though it was crowded, you can still feel the atmosphere oozing out of the coblestones.
There was a huge crowd lining up to view inside. We didn’t have to wait too long. Inside is amazing. In respect I didnt take any photos inside.
Stopped to have another look at the beautiful view over Paris before leaving this wonderful part of Paris. Its easy to imagine the place teaming with poets, writers and artists. Drinking their coffee at the many cafes, with their eyes far off in the land of wonderous words.
We went and waited for the yellow hop on hop bus. It does not run as frequently as the green bus. However, we didn’t have to wait too long. Changed busses at Madeleine.
On the way back to our hotel, we saw all the lovely sights again. We drove past the Louvre, the Seine River, the Eiffel Tower. Paris is a beautiful city and I will never get enough of it.
Walking back to our hotel we found a little cafe where we purchased our evening meal.
We sat out on the balcony eating our dinner. The view was amazing. The other side of the hotel had views to the Eiffel Tower.
Looking at the map we decided that we would visit tomorrow the Pantheon and the Luxemburg gardens. A blogger we loved had just recently been to the gardens and we wanted to see it for ourselves.