(Finally completing my blogs for my EU work visit that includes some sights on the side! …. only 6 months+ late)
Today we headed to Montmarte – the authentic village within Paris. We had not visited this place in our last 2 Paris visits. Left the best for last.
This is a cobble stoned hilly village on the northside of the city – was only about 15 mins UBER ride – and most of that time was in traffic.
We got dropped at the lower part of the village making our way up to the top. Lots of peoples around , especially Liverpool supportors in their traditional reds – it was the EFUA final today (not that we were going but it definitely made the place more crowded with loads of people).
We needed to fill up and there were loads of cafes – selected one where the croissants looked amazing – did not fancy anything more than the traditional french croissants. These were great just what we needed along with the coffee fix.
Breakky done – headed further up to more crowds and more amazing streets and markets, leading to the magnificent Sacré-Cœur basilica.
The place was amazing however the crowds were LOTS. And a massive queues to get into the Sacré-Cœur basilica.
Decided to give all this a miss and comeback early tomorrow morning. Key thing in Europe, everywhere is super busy by 11am, if you want space and quiet, you need to be at the places much earlier.
Got an uber to Champs-élysées , head to Four Seasons for their amazing coffee & cake. Unfortunately luck was not on our side :(, due to the EUFA finals and the crowds, only hotel guests were allowed in the hotel cafes & restaurants. Back to the main street and headed to Cafe 86 – Loccitane on Champs for our fix of coffee/cakes.
At Cafe 86, we were seated on the street section, which gave us an amazing view of what was happening on the busy Champs Elysees street. This place was jam packed!! And it was amazing to see the number of football supporters. Noticed a couple of guys holding signs ready to buy tickets for over 1000 EUROs. Wow!!
Evening dinner was booked at the Buddha Bar Paris restaurant – we loved this place in Dubai and had a very medicore experience here in 2018 when we came with the gang – gave it another shot but unfortunately again the experience was not super ! Food was not amazing although the wait times were ! Dont think I will be doing Buddha Bar Paris any more 😦
Dinner done, then it was off to Eiffel.
Can never tire of Eiffel – it was getting cold, time to head back to hotel, tomorrow morning it was Montemarte again but much earlier to beat the crowds.