The Anti-Tourist

I like to beat new paths for myself.

The Bohemian way

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I have a confession to make: when it comes to travel, I am usually the one with a map in hand and an endless list of things I want to see, exhausting any poor soul who has decided to go on an adventure with me. I decided to change it up for Montmartre. 

Having enjoyed an unusual but delicious brunch at Abbesses, we made our way through the entwining cobbled streets of Montmartre. Our general direction was the Basilica Sacre-Coeur, but I wasn't particularly fussed, and enjoyed my surroundings thoroughly. After all, it's about the journey, not the destination, right? 

We stumbled across Place des Tertres, which I later learned is a meeting place for artists in the Bohemian quarter. At the time, since I didn't know it's history, it looked like an amazing spot to people-watch and admire the incredible art being drawn before our very eyes!

The place is the beating heart of a creative movement. Artists, singers, musicians, Montmartre has it all. On our way there, an accordionist played La Vie en Rose on the metro. While eating, people would randomly play the guitar. Between Place des Tertres and the Basilica, a lady was playing this contraption and singing along beautifully:

Eventually, I managed to tear my eyes away and walk along, and we arrived at the now iconic architectural masterpiece that is the Sacre-Coeur.

The view from the top of this 130-metre hill is quite something, even on a stark grey afternoon, and the inside is just as beautiful.

Back outside, visitors and locals alike grazed on the leafy turf, enjoying the day. The place is simply peaceful, despite the throngs of tourists milling around and the vendors eagerly displaying their wares. There is something in the air that makes you slow down.

I have to admit I quite enjoyed the laid back attitude to travel and exploration, and to the joy of my travel buddies, I will slow down (slightly)! Do you relax when abroad, or do you, like me, need a holiday after the holiday? Let me know in the comments below! 

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