Re-discovering Montmartre

Montmartre needs no introduction. Anyone who has been to Paris, has undoubtedly trekked up the hill to see the beautiful Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur. Known for its artsy vibe, night clubs (read cabarets) and myriad cafes, this bustling village in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, providing sweeping views of the city, seems stuck in time. Taking advantage of Paris sans its tourists, I decided to … Continue reading Re-discovering Montmartre

A walk through the streets of Paris

This week, France relaxed some of the confinement restrictions imposed on account of COVID-19. We were now allowed to leave home without having to carry an attestation stating why we were out AND we could go further than the 1km limit. So today I decided to just take a walk along the river and head to the city’s main areas – through the Concorde, the … Continue reading A walk through the streets of Paris

Chantilly – a chateau, a forest and an adventure

Chantilly is a beautiful town about 50kms north of Paris. It’s an easy 45mins drive or an hour by train. The town is famous for a number of things – the beautiful Château de Chantilly, Chantilly cream and Chantilly lace! Chantilly cream is a delicious version of whipped cream that has been sweetened. There are several stories about the origin of this cream and how … Continue reading Chantilly – a chateau, a forest and an adventure

Do you need a car in Paris?

An existential question in my opinion! Most people moving or even traveling to Paris have asked or at least wondered about this, including myself. So I thought it might be a good idea to evaluate the various options that Paris provides. Public transport While Paris is a VERY walkable city with its beautiful boulevards and sidewalks making walking a pleasure, we can’t walk everywhere all … Continue reading Do you need a car in Paris?