Travel: Paris 4, Montmartre, and Belleville walk

It was yet another cold but sunny day in Paris. Today we literally hiked up to one of the most popular and scenic parts of Paris, Montmartre and its glorious Basilique du Sacre-Coeur.

The church dome overlooking the village artist’s square.
The exceptional beauty of the iconic church.
The view overlooking Paris from Montmartre.

Next was a visit to the neighborhood of Belleville.  Another hilly area settled by working class people for centuries northeast of the City Center.  It was made popular by the beloved Edith Piaf, who sang on the streets of Paris as a girl and was widely popular during her life.  Today, it’s still a diverse working class part of the city.

This church was often where the young Edith would sing on the streets for passing locals.
If you listen carefully you can still her Edith singing.
This plaque is mounted in front of the house where legend says Edith was born. Historical records show it was the hospital nearby.

Soon it’s time for lunch.  Our favorite in the area was closed but we stumbled upon a new discovery and managed to get a table.  It was a delightful surprise.  Add this to your list when you next visit.  Moncoeur Belleville 1, Rue Des Envierges 75020 Paris, http:

Classic traditional cafe with innovative food, attentive service and affordable. It’s popular with families.
John selected a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for us.
John’s main course was a creamy mushroom risotto with watercress.
Enjoying a new wine!
A delightful pasta primavera.

It was a fun day with a long walk through a part of Paris many visiting folks overlook.  Walking distance was 5.6 miles and 20 flights of stairs!

Tomorrow is our last full day in Paris.  We will be spontaneous since we have no plans at this time.  Monday we fly to Lisbon for our next adventure.


4 thoughts on “Travel: Paris 4, Montmartre, and Belleville walk”

  1. I’m salivating and it’s only 10:30 AM. You certainly know the delightful secrets of Paris. Your time there has been so well spent. I’m jealous.

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