Montmartre for Budget Fashionistas

Montmartre for Budget Fashionistas
Montmartre is a budget fashionista’s heaven. Ask a friend of mine who went home to Canada with seven pairs of shoes and an extra luggage of clothes she got on a shopping spree here. That you can replenish your wardrobe weekly without your wallets feeling guilty is no secret to most women in Paris. They ...

Montmartre’s Millionaires’ Row

Montmartre's Millionaires' Row
Avenue Junot is being bandied as the Millionaire’s Row of Montmartre. But it hasn’t always been so. Until 1910, this part of Montmartre was known as  le maquis, a squatters area home to les miserables, the poor artists and the vagabonds. Even the city police didn’t dare patrol or enter this then tightly inhabited area. After ...

Good Friday in Montmartre

Good Friday in Montmartre
There was a time not long ago, German Catholics would do their spring cleaning on Good Friday to get their Protestant neighbours’ blood pressure sky high. (To get back at them, the Protestants would party on All Saints Day.) That’s tame, considering what they do in the Philippines on Good Friday. Not only do they ...

Montmartre to Belleville on Foot 4

Montmartre to Belleville on Foot
As we’ve always been telling friends and visitors to Paris, the City of Light is small and compact and most sites can be explored on foot if one plans the itinerary well. If one is coming from Montmartre to Belleville, the way out is all downhill but obviously the return, after a day’s walk, would ...