“Montmartre in the Spring”

Montmartre, Paris, France. May 2018. (17 photos)

This is Part 3 of my France 2018 photo series, and also Part 5 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

So, after a few days in The Netherlands, I packed myself a small lunch consisting of bread, cheese and stroopwafels for my train trip across Belgium into Paris. Arriving at Gare Nord, I made the slow uphill trek with my luggage over cobblestone roads into Montmartre, in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, then I walked up 5 floors to my apartment bnb. Believe me, travelling light is the way to go but that’s not always easy to do when you also have an additional bag for the camera gear.

I’ve already made a couple of posts about my 2 weeks in Paris, Paris in the Spring (1) and Paris in the Spring (2). Now let’s take a peek at Montmartre.

Sacre Coeur Basilica

“The incredible sinking house of Montmartre”

“Parisian style”

“Paris in the Spring”

“Artist’s impression”

“La vie en rose”

Is Paris any less beautiful in black and white?

Rue de l’Abreuvoir

View over Paris from Sacre Coeur Basilica.

I climbed the 300+ steps to the top of Sacre Coeur for the wonderful views. Had to get the photos.

But of course, I’ll not easily forget the view from my room in Montmartre.

Over Paris from the front window.

Of the Sacre Coeur Basilica from the bathroom window.

“Paris at the speed of light”

…and the night view.

This is Part 3 of my France 2018 photo series.
This is Part 5 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Paris in the Spring (3)


70 thoughts on “Paris in the Spring (3)

    • Walking is definitely the best way to see Paris. So much to experience and find. That’s why I moved from accomodation in the 18th arrondissement to the 7th then to the 3rd. A different base to explore different parts of the city.

      Stroopwafels are very nice. The hotel gave me a fresh pack daily. The best way to eat them is to warm the stroopwafel over your cup of tea/coffee so the caramel in the stroopwafel melts and becomes gooey. πŸ™‚ Yum!

  1. Thanks for allowing us to see this remarkable city through your lens. You were so smart to keep on the move by foot. You get to see the small and the larger view of what is there is to experience.

    • It’s very true. Paris is best appreciated and experienced on foot, with no fixed plan except to go in a general direction. You’ll always encounter something interesting along the way.

  2. Paris is beautifully captured, from different angles and times of the day.
    Over Paris from the front window — is so much like the view I saw from the top of the Galleria. πŸ™‚

  3. The sinking house? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I love the high fashion hats that come immediately below it. And so many others! I think I could spend the rest of my life in Montmartre.

  4. I think the carousel horses are very clever too! Love your view on things. Paris is a huge urban sprawl isn’t it? And yet Rue de l’abreuvoir looks so peaceful.

  5. These photos have captured the spirit and atmosphere of Paris, even in BnW you have captured the feeling of love as that couple share a special moment on the bridge. I smiled at the sinking house. How did you do that? I loved this meander around Montmartre with you. I don’t think I will ever go back to Europe so I am so pleased you are sharing your journey with us.

    • Thank you very much. I think Paris photographs well in black and white. And Montmartre is quite picturesque.
      Don’t you know that’s a real condemned sinking house? LOL It was easy. Just tilted the camera at an angle so the hillside was level in my viewfinder and the building appeared tilted. πŸ™‚

  6. J.D. Riso says:

    Such iconic views and typical little details. You really captured the spirit of Montmartre. And, no, Paris is no less beautiful in black and white.

    • Thank you, Julie. I’m glad I stayed in Montmartre for a couple of days to experience it and didn’t just visit as a “day trip”. It does have a different spirit to it compared to central Paris.

  7. Do you intend to make me pack my suitcases again and catch the first flight to Paris ?!!!!! Brilliant photo series,loved how you started it with the church of the Sacred Heart and the incredible sinking house of Montmartre.You photo perfectly conveyed the illusion,I can imagine you descending and scrambling the steep grassy declivity for such a compelling photo,Loved your epilogue with Paris at the speed of light,

    • Thank you very much, Theadora. I guess most of these views and scenes are well known to you. Yes, I spent some time with Dalida; she is well positioned and a there’s beautiful little garden just near her.

  8. Heide says:

    STUNNING images, Mr. Draco. If I didn’t admire and like you so much, I’d be a bit jealous I hadn’t shot these myself. Really! Paris is one of the most photographed places on Earth, but you’ve managed to find fresh views and new perspectives. As the French would say, “chapeau.”

    • Thank you very much, H. I’m glad I could do photographic justice to this city that I know you love. Now, if only I could find those hidden secrets of this city that you found and showed on your blog.

      • Heide says:

        If you want to see the basketball court, I can probably help you get in the door! Please drop me an email and I will put you in touch with the director of the YMCA. (One caveat: She only speaks French. But I will gladly serve as an email translator too if you need.)

        • Thanks for the generous offer. I just have to decide when I’ll return next. I speak enough French to order at a patisserie and read menus and order. Very basic conversation, too. I should try to take my French to the next level in the meantime.

  9. I had the same question as RestlessJo about the sinking house – you had me fooled except I was thinking ‘Surely, I’d have heard of that!’. The Tower of Pisa would have had nothing on that. The pictures are all wonderfully atmospheric – I love the fairground horses too.

    • Thank you. The slope in front of the house was so steep, it only took a little lateral thinking to make the sinking house happen. Plus, I’ve seen similar photos online. πŸ™‚

  10. “Paris at the speed of light” absolutely beautiful. You definitely have the “photographers eye.” These photos were very tasteful. In all of your collections I almost feel like I’m really there seeing the image. Your photos have a way of doing that. Thanks for this gorgeous piece. It wad a great read.

  11. Great pictures, I enjoyed it and it reminds me of Montmartre, the French word for the β€œMount of Martyrs”, the name is related to the 3rd century bishop of Paris.

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