This weekend of October the 14th, this was the Indian summer in Paris (+25 degrees) and it would have been a crime staying at home doing nothing (or working on my travel blog héhé 😛) and not enjoying the temperature and the last rays of sun. It was also the harvest festival in Montmartre and I thought it would be cool to go there, taking some pictures and enjoy the party!
A walk in Paris: starting from Montmartre
Montmartre was crowded this weekend! there were many people on the streets who came to enjoy the last rays of sunshine and attend the grape harvest festival. I took the opportunity to discover streets that I did not know. For instance, I discovered the house and the place of Dalida and the Clos de Montmartre (old vineyard of Montmartre).
En route to the Luxembourg Gardens
Then seeing the large crowd I motivated myself to do something else. In Paris there are many things to do! So I thought it would be cool to go further south toward the Luxembourg Gardens to enjoy the light of autumn (saturated colors that make beautiful pictures). I took bus 85 down the hill of Montmartre and I dropped not far from the Royal Palace.
Discovery of Gallerie Vivienne
On my way to the Palais Royal, I discovered by chance the Galerie Vivienne: a very well preserved passage with shops built in 1823. The visit is worth seeing because there are many luxury shops and restaurants, the site is authentic and light for photos is nice:
Photos of Place des Victoires
I took one of the exits of the Galerie Vivienne and I went out on a street that I recognized: after crossing two or three streets, I found myself right in front of the magnificent statue of Louis 14 located on the Place des Victoires (see photo below):
After making some pictures of the Place des Victoires, I found myself face to face with the Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. I could have gone somewhere else but I saw on the facade of the Basilique the initials “M-A” (wich means Marie-Antoinette) so I decided to enter the building to have a look. Inside the Bailique, I was surprised to see so many ex-votos hanging on the walls (almost all). It is sure this church is appreciated in the area!
Photos of the Palais-Royal garden
After I continued straight to the south and I found a small entrance of the Palais Royal gardens. I told to myself that this would be there I will enjoy the last rays of lights of this beautiful day !
Going through the Louvre
Then I went through the Louvre heading south (my goal was still to visit the Luxembourg Garden).
Banks of the Seine and Saint-Germain-des-Prés
After the Louvre, I crossed the Seine and headed toward the banks of the Seine. These photos of the kiosks are my favorits ! After I continued to walk towards Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.
Photos of Montparnasse
On my way to Luxembourg Gardens the light disappeared and the streets were getting darker. The cars turned on their lights. It’s a disaster! Night was coming and it meant no more photos, nothing, nada! So I decided to go toward Montparnasse train station not far from there in order to come back home. By the way, I like this atmosphere between dogs and wolves because all the lights of the city are beautiful and it makes great photos to share on this travel blog!