Thursday, 17 November 2011


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Wandering around Montmartre is a great way to spend an afternoon. It's streets narrow and steep, with most of them leading up the the hill that is crowned by Sacré Cœur.

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Picasso, Dali, Pissaro, Degas and Van Gogh all left their marks here. Montmartre wasn't incorporated into the city of Paris until 1860, so it became known a wild, festive place outside the city walls that filled with cabarets and places to drink.

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There are a lot of films that use Montmartre as their backdrop. My favorite, by far, is Amelie.

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Fan of carbs that I am, the real reason for visiting the neighborhood was for this place, which I could smell from a mile away:

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Le Grenier a Pain was the latest winner of Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris- the annual blind taste-test competition to choose the best baguette, and the honor to supply bread to the Presidential Palace for the next year. It did not disappoint. This is the standard I will now hold all baguettes to. I am a bit depressed because I know that very few in my lifetime with come close.

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The winding path leading up to the basilica was lined with musicians, artist and street performers.

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You get a little smile and a wave when you leave him change....he was amazingly still otherwise.

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It's 300 steep steps to get to the top, which exactly what I need after bread and wine and pastry and whatever else I decided to eat beforehand.

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Totally worth it for the view.

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The hike down was a bit easier with gravity on my side and all.

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I have a photo sequence of this guy that deserves its own post...

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I'm not a religious person at all, but I do seem to go to an awful lot of churches.

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