Montmartre is my favorite area in Paris. I think that is because at least from my own perception of what “truly Parisian” means… Montmartre is the one that sticks the most to that concept.
You know how when you’re a crazy Francophile (as I used to be) and dream of living in Paris, all your references come from that almost stereotypical Parisian soul & magic we see in films? Well now that I live here I think I can only truly find that ethereal place in Montmartre…
I love that once you’re there, you feel like you stepped into a movie and in your head you begin to hear Edith Piaf’s voice and Yann Tiersen’s piano… the soundtrack of that exact moment. You get immersed that beautiful little French world and you could swear you’re Amélie Poulain… Well at least that’s how it feels for me ;)
One of my favorite parts is Place du Tertre, where the artists meet. I love how you can tell the personality of the artist by looking at their interpretation of the Eiffel Tower; there’s the classic in B&W, the playful in watercolors, the psychedelic, the abstract, etc.
Something else I love doing is paying attention to (and photographing) the little details other people tend to overlook; like the artists’ tools, paints & personal belongings. I love to photograph those things because it is a little peek into their minds, but I gotta admit they don’t quite understand and sometimes freak out when they catch me snapping their stuff.
I’ll definitely try to take more photos of the other things that make me love this beautiful area :)