Ahh, Paris! My favorite city in the world! It truly is a magical place full of more history and charm then I could ever capture with a camera. We are now in the midst of our 2nd week here, so I wanted to recap our first week while we stayed in Montmartre!
Just like any large city, Paris has different parts which embody completely different vibes and even have their own little sub-cultures within the city! New York has it's boroughs, while Paris is divided into 20 Arrondissements. Montmartre is the 18th, and is the center of the arts! The film Moulin Rouge was set in Montmartre in the 1890's, and right in the center of the 18th is the large familiar red windmill and sign you may have seen in the movie.
Aside from the 'Moulin Rouge' part of town, Montmartre tends to be a much less touristy area, which is filled with all of the aspects of Paris we love (markets, brasseries, art!) so we rented an AirBnb for the week which was perfect. When we travel we try to live as the locals live as much as we can by renting houses, eating at local cafes and shopping at markets to buy local goods inspired by the area!
Montmartre is filled with markets! In general hey do not have places like Target or large supermarkets to stock up on food. Rather, everyone buys their produce, breads, meat, dairy - nearly everything, fresh! It's completely enchanting and delicious!
I could never talk about Montmartre without mentioning Le Sacre Cœur! This cathedral is truly unbelievable. It is surrounded by a large garden on a hill that comes alive in the evening as everyone brings a bottle of wine, baguette and a blanket to lay on and watch the sun set across the amazing city view. We walked up the hill to the cathedral nearly every day an looked out across the city!
Sneaking out for late dinners with Matthew is my favorite treat of all! I love Parisian style, and playing with my look a little while I'm here is so much more fun then my usual stay at home Mom look in MN! This necklace was a wedding present Matthew gave to me a few weeks early and I am just obsessed. I couldn't wait to play around with it and wear it out last week!
Just like back home, the girls gotta play! It's so fun watching how little language barriers affect children. Once we scoped out a great park nearby, Josie became one of the locals and had the best time! Kids in France have the same issues sharing and hated when Josie would try being sneaky and taking their toys, lol.
Lets talk about the shopping for a second, because it is AMAZEEEE. The government controls when stores are allowed to have sales, so they only happen twice a year and BINGO I hit the jackpot! Now I honestly haven't bought much at all, but it has been so much fun checking out their malls! Printemps is my mecca, it's like Parisian Bergdorf Goodmans, but so much better! I have done so much walking while we were here I had to take a day off from cute sandals and wear my Nikes to give my feet a rest. Pretty sure everyone at the high end malls knew I was an embarrassing American, lol!
Saturday was my big girls second birthday!!! I have a post coming later this week doing a much more in-depth look at her, but I just cannot believe it's so! She's such a big girl and an amazing sister, I am just so proud! I also have a 6 month update coming for Madeline - so keep a look out!
Ahh the Arc de Triomphe! We drove by this as we headed into meetings for our wedding! I cannot CANNOT wait to share with you all about our wedding soon! It's in 11 days and I am just dying with anticipation!! I cant wait to update you next week how our time in the 1st Arrondissement is in our next apartment!
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