Paris France- Le Marais & Montmartre Spring ’14

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Most people associate French culture with Paris, which is a center of fashion, cuisine, art and architecture, but life outside of the City of Lights is very different and varies by region.

France doesn’t just have different cultures; the word “culture” actually comes from France. “‘Culture’ derives from the same French term, which in turn derives from the Latin colere, meaning to tend to the earth and grow, cultivation and nurture,”

Some would say that the words “Paris” and “culture” are synonymous. And some might even add a third word: “style”. Paris’s contributions to Western culture have been formidable for centuries, evident through numerous mediums: architecture, cuisine, decorative arts, diplomacy, drama, fashion, language, literature, music, painting, politics, and sculpture. In many ways, Paris defines to the world what it means to be French.

The city to me is long romantic walks, marvelous cafes & restaurants, amazing architecture that surrounds you & unforgettable memories to cherish.

We arrive in the afternoon and are staying in a new arrondissement; The sought-after Le Marais district. This is only a short distance from our cooking school, La Cuisine.

IMG_8781Our selfie on the balcony of our hotel. Off to lunch and exploring.

IMG_8992I love our dainty room key-all about the details!

IMG_8982I had to capture the view from our balcony. A few shots of the brilliant blue sky and the fluffiest bright white clouds.

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DSC_2011We found this darling cafe and were excited to sit outside and enjoy the culture of this neighborhood we had not spent much time in past years.

DSC_2003Freshest of flavors and the most delicious open-faced sandwich.

DSC_2005Homemade, hand-rolled Gnocchi was husbands choice for lunch.

DSC_2010Dessert is a cappuccino that is sprinkled with the most delightful cocoa.

DSC_2014Our neighborhood for the week ahead



I love to see there is a merry-go-round in this part of Paris. The one located by The Eiffel Tower is always so crowded and such a long wait for the little ones.

IMG_9286The most photographed street in all of Paris.

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At first blush, Montmartre neighborhood is charming!

DSC_2063You must be prepared for bustling walking tours and tourists everywhere. The local artist fill the square and surrounded by endless shops & boutiques.

After all that I still love the vibe in Montmartre.

DSC_2087Picturesque cafes & creperie in every turn


DSC_3519DSC_2070These two guys were dancing non stop through the cobblestone streets…It was joyous being in their presence.

DSC_2025Greenery climbing along the beautiful stone and brick homes. It has the most wonderful warm feeling.

DSC_2032DSC_2038DSC_2041La Maison Rose is charming! Ambience is exactly what I love; quaint, imperfections throughout. The food is decent, however it’s not what draws you to this enchanting restaurant that sits in the heart of Montmartre.


DSC_2102DSC_2100Montmartre in the evening is just as grand as the daytime. 
DSC_3526DSC_3524A sparkling site lights up the sky at night

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IMG_8934A short distance from Montmartre is Moulin Rouge

IMG_8799When visiting Paris strolling the streets of Le Marais & Montmartre are two arrondissements to spend time in. They both have their own unique culture & charm.


Photos by; Tina Meade 

Quote & research on the history of Paris from internet