There are more sides to Montmartre, the district that sits high atop the Paris landscape, than the crowds at Sacre Couer. This photo essay will show you some of the lovely or funny things that we saw as we walked around.
Art Nouveau building on Rue Lamarck in Paris, France
Bright pink boulangerie (bakery) in the Montmartre district of Paris, France
Montmartre cafe at dusk
Cafe interior in Montmartre
Stairway passages through the hilltops of Montmartre
Colourful chairs & tables at a sidewalk cafe in the Montmartre district of Paris, France
Nun in full habit (which is rather unusual nowadays) walking down Rue Lamarck in Montmartre, Paris, France
Cartoon advertisement in the window of a plumbing & heating shop in the Montmartre district of Paris, France
Spectacles (events) kiosk in the Montmartre district of Paris, France
In contrast to our own home town here in the South of France which practically rolls up the sidewalks on weeknights, you certainly can’t say that about a weeknight in Barcelona!
The photo below was taken on the very busy Passeig de Gracia at night. Note the happy women taking a break on the bench surrounded by all of their shopping bags as other people continue to stream by.
Two unidentified women rest on a bench as people walk by at night on the busy shopping district in Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona, Spain.
Strolling, laughing, running into friends, people are definitely out an about and not racing to get home and sit behind closed doors.
Happy Barcelona, Spain citizens out and about on a week night on Passeig de Gracia
And in this photo, people are just beginning to think about going out to dinner and filling up the tables at the very early hour of 8:30 PM.
Diners begin to slowly fill the tables of a sidewalk cafe in Barcelona, Spain.
We found an upscale ‘toy store’ for grownups called Vincon that carried everything from fabbo art and office supplies to a stunning array of kitchen goods. I had what we called (in Deb and Mark verbal shorthand) ‘a tile store moment’ when there was actually so much in that store that I didn’t know where to look first! I managed to get some shots that weren’t filled with people (and trust me, that was quite difficult), but the store was absolutely packed. At the front entry there were a row of waiting room style chairs for the people who were sitting and patiently waiting for someone else to finish shopping so they could go home.