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Travel || Montmartre, Paris

Last week Sam and I traveled to Paris to meet up with some of my family. Some of whom live an hour outside of Paris, and some of whom had traveled from the US to France for this very reason. I was overjoyed because it was a side of my family that Sam had yet to meet. Despite some terrible traffic problems, the family gathering was lovely, and we all got to explore Montmartre together.

I’ll have it be said that Montmartre is one of my favourite areas of Paris. It has the atmosphere of a quirky village inside Paris itself. From the stunning views to the bohemian history to the romantic yet muscle destroying staircases, Montmartre is just picture perfect. There are so many cafes and galleries (some tourist traps and some not), there’s the stunning Sacre Coeur, the Wall of Love, the Dali museum, Picasso’s studio, and of course the “Amelie” cafe if you’re a big fan. (Les Deux Moulins).

Recommendations? If you’re in the area duck into the Coquelicot des Abbesses. Their almond croissants are out of this world and are supposed to be some of the best in Paris. Their pistachio eclairs weren’t too shabby either, as you’d know if you followed my adventures along on instagram

hotel window
The view from our room.

view of paris from montmartre

cemetary cemetery flowerssculptureslove wall
The Wall of Love. 
in metro me in montmatre pastries
See what I mean about pastries from Couquelicot? 
pink restaurant sacre coeur 2 sacre coeur  
street in montmartre tom and i at the sacre coeur taking photos
Have you ever explored the Montmartre area? 

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  • Beautiful photos, Paris is such a wonderful city! I also live your outfit; that skirt is amazing! πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful photos! I lived in Paris for five years and my flat was between the Place des Abbesses and Pigalle, right beneath Coquelicot (which was my boulangerie of choice!). So funny to read about them here. Their bread is amazing too. I think boulangeries are one of the things I miss the most now that I live in England. πŸ™‚

  • I am a bit fan of the Montmartre area in Paris! What a fun family reunion and I love that skirt!

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    It looks so beautiful, I remember getting a picture drawn of me there when I was little!
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • stripes + a tulle skirt seems like the perfect Paris outfit to me πŸ™‚ I’ve never been to any part of Paris, sadly. maybe I can convince my family to do a reunion there – seems like a good excuse!

  • Montmartre is fabulous. My favourite part of Paris, too. Filled with so many interesting characters and little markets selling dodgy awesomeness.

  • When we were in Paris a few years ago we decided that we’d spend an evening in Montmartre but wanted to take a quick nap before making the trek over there. 4 hours later (!) when we woke up, we were super groggy and didn’t make it in the end :(. It’s the only thing we had planned to do but didn’t end up doing! Oh well, another time!

  • Montmartre is wonderful! I have THE BEST Montmartre story that I will have to save for another day on the blog πŸ˜‰
    Ohhh man, those eclairs! Was it as good as it looks? Also love your stripes + tulle skirt outfit… perfect for Paris in the spring!

    • I can’t wait to hear this story! Can I have any hints as to what it involved?

      The eclair was phenomenal. I wish I was eating one right now! x

      • hehe. Ok, since I teased you πŸ˜‰ It all revolves around the movie Amelie. I’ll try to remember to tell this story somewhat soon, hah

  • This place looks so cool! And I need one of those pastries for breakfast!

  • Meeting family for the first time in a neutral and awesome location is the way to go! Fredrik first met my grandparents in London so when they met again in California it was o this is no big deal! Also way to go you looking all perfect in tulle in Paris!

    • There’s still a few key family member he needs to meet but we’ll get there eventually. The wedding will be a big help with this πŸ˜‰ x

  • You look fab in that skirt!

  • Yes, and it is quite magical. You captured all the beauty!

  • I love Montmatre – Sacre Coeur is one of my favourite buildings, ever! Cute skirt πŸ™‚

  • Corinne Vail

    Montmartre is especially fun on market Saturdays!

  • I used to live in Paris but I didn’t know about the Wall of Love, what a lovely idea.When I went into Sacre Coeur, I was struck by how many languages I could hear being spoken amongst the visitors – an impressive experience!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • LOVE Montmartre! It’s such a fun place to window shop. Your photos are lovely, Amanda!

  • I believe Montmartre would be right up my alley! I dream of visiting one day!

  • Paris is great. I always stay in Montmarte area and would not go anywhere else. I like the artistic souls and all of that. Visit me at You can follow me here:
    Have a lovely day, Iga x

  • Montmartre is so pretty! You’re making me want to go back to Paris! Also, I’m so jealous of your bangs. I’ve always wanted to try blunt bangs, but literally no stylist will cut them for me and I’ve learned to take a hint :/

    • True story: I’ve always had bangs. (Poor: It’s a weird thing to admit but I don’t really know what my forehead looks like. I’m not even sure I like bangs that much, but I could never be bothered to go through the awkward months of growing them out.

      Could you have the stylist pin your hair over and then under (not sure my description of what I mean makes sense) so that it looks like bangs to see if you like it for yourself? Bangs for some people can be super high maintenance though! I cut my own so it’s never been an issue for me.

      And to summarise: never have I written so much about bangs before. x

      • Haha πŸ™‚ My stylists always talk me out of bangs in general, and will only cut long side ones for me if I insist. Even when I was in Korea and relied on photos, the stylists would just cut side ones. I think anything else just wouldn’t suit my face! But I get so jealous when I see people rocking bangs.

  • ah, gorgeous! I would love to see Montmartre!

  • Ahhhhhh, such beautiful weather too!!

    • We were phenomenally lucky with the weather. It would rain in this really torrential but quick 5 minute bursts and we were coincidentally indoors for every burst! x

  • BEAUTIFUL!! your skirt is perfect! xxo.

  • These pictures are gorgeous! I’ll be going to Paris when I study abroad, these photos made me excited for the trip! Great post.

    • How exciting! When and where are you studying abroad at? I studied abroad and then after graduation immediately moved back to Europe. It can really hook you sometimes πŸ˜‰ x

      • I’m studying at London College of Fashion! I have a feeling I won’t want to come back!

  • Some truly wonderful photos of a place I doubt I will ever visit

  • I love Montmartre – you’ve captured it so well with your photos! I love your striped top too! xxx

  • such pretty photos, it seems like you had the most wonderful time! i really need to visit paris, it’s so unfunny that i’ve never been. and i love your skirt, too! xx

    • Sam went to Paris for the first time in 2012, so I wouldn’t feel too bad! It just means you’ll have more to enjoy at all once when you do go πŸ˜‰ x

  • I love your outfit! That skirt is lovely.

    I celebrated NYE in Montmartre back in 2010/2011. It was a pretty epic night that involved a lot of drinking. πŸ˜‰

  • I love the Montmartre area of Paris. I quite often stay in the 9th arrondissement when I visit, which is just a little south of it. It’s perfect because it’s right in between Montmartre & the 1st arrondissement, so it’s easy to walk to just about everything, and it’s one of the cheapest areas to stay in too πŸ™‚ x

  • Ala

    Wow! Sounds like you had a lovely time and your photos are fab! Also, gorgeous outfit, love the skirt! x

    • Thanks lovely! And I think I’m going to do a proper outfit post with more of the skirt details later πŸ™‚ x

  • Ashley Angle

    Beautiful! So European and romantic!

  • Cake & Whisky

    I lived in Paris for 2 years and somehow didn’t make it to the Wall of Love! How is it possible you ask? I was asking myself the exact same question while reading this post!
    Love Montmartre though, one of my friends live there, so always a must-go for me when I visit Paris! And the SacrΓ©-Coeur is simply to stunning (did you go inside?)!

    Sandra x

    • It’s very stunning! We didn’t go inside on this occasion but have done on previous expeditions to Paris. It’s just incredible. Almost mind-boggling! x

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    Lovely photos. It looks so romantic. I bet you had an amazing time catching up with rellies. Did Sam impress?

    • Very much so! Although I’m not sure either of us impressed the youngest kids (who speak more French than English) with our really, really poor French (i.e. almost none) x

  • Andrea @ Green and Turquoise

    Montmartre is definitely my favorite part of Paris. There is effortless charm, beauty and romance anywhere you turn your head. But yeah, those stairs are quite a workout!

    Beautiful pictures (and lovely skirt)!