Montmartre: Carousels & Accordions


Carousels . Accordions &
La Vie En Rose

IF la Vie En Rose is playing in your head right now .. then that's a good thing!! As that's what I'm listening to on one of those little wind up music boxes I brought home from Paris. And  that's what I'm hearing when I think of Montmartre... If you can find the quiet amongst the crowds, then you'll also find the magic. The story book Montmartre where the imagined is more tangible than the reality.. 

Lucky for me I found some quiet moments as I strolled along the alleyways.. recovering from my climb to the top of Sacre Coeur [see here].  Relax with a cafe creme.. or perhaps a gelati.. as you watch the carousel delight the children and the child within.. whilst listening to the bittersweet tones of a piano accordion somewhere in the distance. 

I'm in a green mood as we are finally having the perfect spring day!! Now that it is actually summer!! .. Spring saw the weather in Sydney fluctuate between 38c heat waves and cold damp days of 18c... Mix in a bit of torrential rain and that's what we've been experiencing.. They predict we are in for a hot and steamy summer... For now I'll just enjoy this perfect spring like weather and hope it continues this way for a bit.

Have A Great Weekend

And a big thanks to all who visit and comment!!
Each and everyone appreciated!!

ALL Text, Original Photography & Artwork [copyright beingRuby©]
ALL shots taken in  Montmartre, Paris,  France ... August 2011


Midlife Roadtripper said...

Enjoy your summer. Has turned cold at my house - 40F, and rain for our drought stricken area. Welcome, as we are supposed to pretend we have snow and cold for Christmas. (I prefer the warmth to the years I spent in the snow.)

Enjoyed the visit to Paris. Always love a visit there.

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

oooh one of my fav places in Paris too!!!! gorgeous.

I know how crazyis this weather. In Hobart we are having winter still! snow on the first day of summer on the Mountain. If I could be bothered chopping wood I would have a wood fire on the third day of summer!!!! lol xox

Jeanne Henriques said... are born to travel..I love the way you take us thru every little corner of your trip. You don't miss a thing. As usual, it is all lovely! On another note...38C..yikes. I can see why are appreciating a spring day in Sydney. We are coming over next week. Canberra mostly and one day in Sydney. Some day Julie...when I am there for longer, we have to meet and talk shop!

Best wishes for a lovely weekend...

Jeanne xxx

Giulia said...

Always a pleasure to see Montmartre. I especially like when you show a photo of someone on the street, so I love the shots of the accordionist. Do you have more of people-on-the-street?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What is it about this place.....even the street musicians dressed in whatever, give off a fairytale vibe that only comes from Paris. Ahhhhh.....Anita

La Petite Gallery said...

Oh,Julie!!!Julie! Julie,
My favorit spot. Glad I went 3 times in my life. I could never climb the steps now. I loved every minute there. Had escargot there
with an Arstis I met. He intoduced me to 4 others at the cafe, they live a few blocks away and meet most nights in the cafe. What a life, wish I had moved there.
We are 3 weeks away from Christmas, getting my tree up tonight. I have a girl that helps me bring her boyfriend over after her work. It's a big tree wrapped in netting in a bucket of water for
Big hug Sweetie.
You take the best photo's

Splendid Sass said...

Do you have a piece of luggage large enough to contain me on some of these trips?! Amazing images, Miss!
I love the green door.
We are enjoying 6o degree weather here. Just thought I would run that by you, friend. I am ready for 20 degree.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Renée Finberg said...


my mom will flip out.
this is her favorite part of paris....
and where she stays when she visits.


mermaid gallery said...

I think i will just take a seat and wait for Picasso and Matisse to come by....a little absinthe please..... flu induced hallucinations....spring sounds wonderful!

Lynne with an e said...

Such a romantic storybook glimpse of this famous area. And not a tourist in sight!

You look marvellous in green.

Sharon said...

OH JULIE!!!! The magic spell you cast, this is la vie en rose!

Martina said...

I so love Paris and especially Montmartre where so many famous arists have lived and which is still brimming with art and romance and la vie boheme. Greetings from winterland!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Oh Julie - visiting your blog is always a holiday in itself. I feel always transported to a beautiful place and good thoughts. Your trip to Paris had to have been one for the memory books.Your summer sounds so wonderful too right about now. I"m having trouble adjusting to the cold after being 'too' hot for 5 years. Santa needs to bring me some flannels no doubt. Sending you my best Julie for a happy holiday season.

x o Deb

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Enjoy your beautiful weather Julie! I'm in the cold now, n snow but it's sure cold here. I emailed you and am not sure if it was received.
I love your Paris photographs! So lovely! I still haven't been anywhere besides Mexico, but am not giving up. My daughter wants to move to Paris so that my be my chance!
Talk to you later

rjerdee said...

I'm GREEN with envy...would loved to have gone to Montmarte when we were in Paris...gotta go back.

Loree said...

One day I hope that I will learn how to take beautiful photos like you do. Montmartre is magical. I loved it.

Unknown said...

Very lovely photos.....I only dream of going to paris oneday. Please come join a giveaway on my blog.....I would love to see you enter!

Claudia Lane said...

how gorgeous...there's a surreal element about the place...something truly special...
Really enjoyed your amazing pics Julie.
Hope you have a great week

Sharon said...

Hi Julie, it's me again. I have been singing La Vie en Rose for the past day. Can't get the music out of my head. And you're right - it is a good thing. The only downside is I'm not in I'm back visiting your wonderful photos and dreaming away.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Montmartre calls to me, and your photos are fabulous. I was at the foot of Sacré Coeur in November just to photograph the carrousel. I love that approach to the cathedral. It was cool with a bit of mist, perfect for shooting.


Elaine said...

Great shots. I was in Paris so long ago but Montmatre made an impression on me. A favorite spot for me too!

So glad you got to go there this year.

Donna Becker said...

I've really enjoyed your photos and artwork. Thanks for taking me along for the trip!

simon said...

I have photos that are almost identical!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest Julie, it is always a treat to see you visit me! AND THAT PHOTO of the little boys; that is an old picture from 1963 taken in France at a puppet show!!!! Great expressions, huh?