Saint-Pierre de Montmartre│In a previous post, we shared one of most favorite walks in Paris, though the charming area of Montmartre. There are parts of this famous Paris neighborhood that are really buzzing, for example, Place du Tertre. This little square is the heart of Montmartre, and was home to many famous artists during the bohemian years. A street that really mesmerized us, was the ancient Rue Lepic. This is a definitely must-do if you want to appreciate a less touristy part of Montmartre. Filled with cafes, galleries and markets you’ll get a sense of what it would feel like to live here as a local. We strolled by the apartment building where the Van Gogh brothers lived from 1886 to 1888, and then stopped for lunch at La Rughette.
We really enjoyed our walk up to the top of Rue Lepic. With Eli out of his stroller, we let him lead the way, and got to see a couple of the side streets leading off this well-known avenue. When we reached the top of the hill of Montmartre, and wandered through all of the craft, art and souvenir stores, we saw the Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre. This is one of the oldest surviving churches in Paris but the lesser known of the two main churches in Montmartre, the other being the more famous 19th-century Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
Perfectly peaceful, and filled with hundreds of lit candles, we LOVED being inside this church. Hiding in the shadows on the north side of the Sacra-Coeur Basilica, this little church might be small and much less famous, but it was empty and quiet! And if you know us, then you will know that we love the quieter places. We visited Saint Pierre de Montmartre, and then we moved onto the Sacra-Coeur Basilica. Only in hindsight can we say – the smaller, quieter churches are always better. The queues and crowds passing through the Sacra-Coeur completely ruined the soft peaceful feeling that we experienced in Saint Pierre.