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April 14, 2014

Marching Around Montmartre…

Filed under: FRANCE,Paris: Montmartre,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

If you are ever thinking of visiting Paris I have several recommendations: forget packing your high heels ladies, you are going to need your comfortable walking shoes far more.

European streets often consist of cobblestones or bricks, and Paris is not exactly flat, of course there is the metro train system but even there you’ll need your walking shoes.

The Paris Metro has more stairs than any other public transport system I have found to date and worse still, lifts and escalators are exceptionally rare so it must be a nightmare for disabled people and anyone considering moving around with a pram.

Also of course if you use only the metro then you will have an excellent idea of what underground Paris looks like but it’s the above ground Paris you came to see wasn’t it?

So get those walking shoes on and prepare to do some hiking (it’s well worth it).

Back in 2009 I joined my visiting American Foodie friend and her husband in Paris since it was only three and a half hours on the high-speed train from The Netherlands , we had been corresponding on the internet for several years and we wanted to finally meet in person.

During this post they were off on one of their tour group  planned excursions so I was left to explore on my own. A short series of metro journeys later I exited the underground in the region of  Montmartre and prepared to do some hiking. It’s well worth taking smaller winding streets and investigating local bakeries, grocery shops and local markets. One thing that I discovered later when showing  the photographs to my American friends was their fascination that asparagus in Europe is usually white, and not the green variety they are used to. There are plenty of traditional old style Parisian buildings to photograph, but one new one made it into the series because  the whole building was decorated to look like a bar of chocolate. New or old, many of the views around Montmartre are delicious…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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