You may have noticed my absence here the last week. I had every intention of writing the diary every day but from the minute I landed in Paris I was overwhelmed. As a creative was I overstimulated by being back in the city that inspires me the most. I was out with my Paris Family over the weekend and Rob brought up a valid point. If I spent an hour of my day writing down everything I did when I am actually taking an hour away from living the fullest life which I am only enjoying for a very short time. ( I hope this makes sense) then I also was proposed the idea of writing later after I am home. So I put it to good thought and I forgot to tell you that is where I was but I promise if you know anything about me you know I was doing my best to enjoy every moment.
Since I chronicle my life in photographs it is easy to jog my memory and give the details just like they happened that day.
I wanted to explore more of my neighborhood for a bit and I finally checked out La Belle Fontaine which had a lovely vibe and atmosphere. There were a lot of people inside around 10 am so I didn't snap anything on the inside. It would be easy to spend a few hours here reading a book, eating a good meal with friends or just people watching. It is a little off the beaten path from the center of Paris but if you have the time I would make the trip.
I made my way by foot all the way to Montmartre for a little project and made a detour for Hotel Grand Amour which I have heard a lot about. I grabbed breakfast in their outdoor courtyard and I had the place all to myself.
It was a bit of a walk to Montmartre but I had a croissant to burn off so I made my way to Rue des Abbesses. On my walk, I realized I forgot my umbrella from the rain the night before and when I looked at the weather I knew I was in trouble. I figured I would avoid it by the time it was due and risk my chances instead of ducking home. Now you may all be thinking why didn't I just buy another umbrella? Two things, I am stubborn and I already had two that I brought back at the apartment.
I made my way through Montmartre for a few photographs before the rain set in 2 hours earlier than expected. I ducked into a restaurant for lunch before continuing my walk. I made it down to the bottom of Rue des Martyrs before the rain hit again so I parked myself at a café. I walk an average of 10 miles a day so taking a rest is always welcome in Paris plus you can't beat the people watching.
When I lived in Montmartre in 2013 there was a special walk I used to do twice a week to visit my Paris family. I finally documented it for the blog and will be sharing soon but it starts on Rue des Martyrs. This walk brought back all sorts of good memories.