Sunday, May 31, 2015


Twenty years later, and I finally returned to Paris.  Since we took the redeye, I planned a quiet first day exploring Montmartre.

View from our hotel room.
We stopped by our hotel first to drop off our bags and were courteously greeted by the staff of the Hotel Des Arts, wonderfully situated just off Rue des Abesses and Rue Lepic, underneath the shadow of a windmill, and a short walk from everything there is to see in this amazing quarter.  It was too early too check in, but they took our bags and gave us a lot of information, including the recommendation for a fabulous spot to have brunch - Coquelicot.

After reviving ourselves with food (very good food), we set off to explore. We braved the crowds on the steps leading up to Sacre Coeur, then escaped into the quiet side streets to explore Montmartre. The Musee de Montmartre is a wonderful spot. We enjoyed both the art and the quiet gardens. Behind the museum is an actual vineyard, which has been there since the middle ages.

We wandered back into the hectic, more tourist laden streets, caught sight of the Moulin Rouge, then escaped again into the quiet of Montmartre Cemetery.  Paris cemeteries are beautiful places to explore. And we had a purpose for our visit. Montmartre Cemetery is the final resting place of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone.  We also paid our respects to Degas and several other musicians and composers.

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