10 Apr

I Want To ‘Go With Oh’ To Paris!!

I’ve found the perfect apartment in Paris. An apartment in Paris!! To think I could even consider such a thing but, really, I think an apartment is the only way to go in this city-that-exists-to-be-a-city-not-to-be-your-playground.

Come on in. I thought for this episode of ‘Go With Oh and Gillian’ we could find five things to do in my new neighbourhood. Even if it is only for a week. Even if it is imaginary. For now.

An apartment means not having to deal with cafes and patisseries that cater to tourists only. We love to lounge in the morning enjoying coffee and catching up with the interwebs so it means a quick jaunt to the corner to get a croissant au beurre to accompany our house made coffee and hours of hanging out waiting for the city to wake up.

I love Google Street View! Look there’s a patissier right downstairs…

Paris Pattisier

With its narrow streets and parks dotted throughout, the Montmartre district is perfect for walking which is my favorite way to see a city (seconded only by hop on hop off bus Paris tours that run nearby!) Our apartment is only a 10 minute walk from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (or Sacré-Cœur Basilica if you want to get all French sounding). This Basilica tops the Montmarte Butte and is not only a fabulous building to explore but also offers great views of the city.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Paris

Photo Credit: http2007

If it’s Saturday or Sunday we’ll stop at the bottom of the hill and spend a few hours bargain hunting at the Paris Flea Market. Don’t you just want to know what types of things Parisians are trying to get rid of? I imagine we’ll think it’s not junk at all but filled with beautiful treasures as we try to figure out the baggage limit of our return flight!

Paris Flea Market

Photo Credit: Julie70

I love urban cemeteries. Typically urban cemeteries are the oldest as it’s likely they were once on the edge of town and the city has grown around them. In fact, the Montmartre Cemetery replaced an inner city cemetery early in the 19th century after cemeteries were banned in the city proper due to health concerns. Of course now this once-on-the-edge-of-town burial site is once again in the center of the city. It’s these older cemeteries that have the most amazing tombs and gravestones. It’ll be interesting to wander around and see who is buried here.

Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

Photo Credit: SNappa2006

It’ll be a slow walk ‘home’ as we stop along the way for a glass of wine and to people watch. I think we’ll stop at the Brasserie right around the corner from the patissier from this morning. Great food, great wine…and a short walk home.

Paris Brasserie

Maybe we’ll never get to the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre…our new neighbourhood has so much to explore.

**You could win 500 Euros of accommodation with Go With Oh to see Paris yourself!! They’re also giving a way an iPad, a Panasonic Lumix Camera, and 500 Euro of Samsonite Luggage.**

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