the view from Montmarte
at the Porte de Clignancourt flea market
Opor and her fur vest
Taxidermy at Porte de Clignancourt
the walk up to Basilica de Sacre Coeur
Porte de Clignancourt is the most incredible flea market I have visited– and I have visited my good share of flea markets. Upon walking into the market, you feel as though you have traveled through time into a different world, a very Harry Potter sort of experience. The flea market is set up as multiple little shops that seem to be never ending, like a tiny town of flea markets. There is so much to observe and so much to buy. It is quite overwhelming. At the same time, it is beyond exciting. The great thing about this place is the fact that everything ranges from incredibly cheap knick knacks to incredibly expensive pieces of rare furniture and clothing. You can truly find one of a kind vintage items. I scored a pair of black Chanel trousers from the 80’s, an incredible oversized teddy bear coat, a 1940’s black velvet hat (which I decided to wear the rest of the trip), and a vintage mother of pearl lizard brooch. I SO wanted to buy more, as they had an incredible selection of vintage Saint Laurent pieces, Chanel brooches, and silky nighties. However, my wallet could not afford everything I was lusting over– but by the end of the day I was the happiest girl in Paris!
As for my visit to the Basilica de Sacre Coeur (one of the most famous churches) and Montmatre (the artists quarter), both are a must see when in Paris. The top of the hill where Sacre Couer sits, is one of most spectacular views. You can see all of Paris, which is quite breathtaking. There is a cable car to the top if you are too exhausted from a long day to walk up the hill, however, I suggest walking so you can pause to see the view upon reaching the top! When you get to the top of Montmartre, you will find the square behind the basilica where many famous artists like Monet, Van Gough, Picasso, and Salvador Dalí used to paint. There is even a Dalí museum located there.