The second part is a summary of days 5 through 7. We visited Montmartre, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and the flea market in Vanves. Just remembering all the places I want to visit again.
I hope this will be helpful for those who are planning to visit Paris.
Day 5: Sundries & Patisseries
Finding the goods of your dreams at the flea market in Vendôme
Day 5 started with the flea market in Vanve. It was raining that day, but since the flea market is only open on Saturdays and Sundays, we decided to go without changing our plans.
The Van Vu flea market is a good place for first-time flea market goers because it is close by by subway and is safe.
A short walk out of the subway station and you suddenly see stores with tents. It’s a great way to get a feel for the city.
The scale was smaller than Clignancourt, and there seemed to be more sundries.
Looking at the many sundries like a treasure hunt.
The sparkling brooches are adorable! Some don’t have prices written on them, some do, but they vary. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not, but it’s a good thing.
The craft stuff looks cute and antique too.
I went back to a few stores that I liked, but I couldn’t get through them and didn’t make any special purchases this time.
The flea market makes you feel happy just by looking at it. If you are visiting Paris on Saturday or Sunday, this is a must.
Basic information about the Vanves flea market
・Opening hours: 7:00am to around 2:00pm
・Opening days: Saturday and Sunday
・Address: 16-18 Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014 Paris
・Access: 3 minutes walk from Porte de Vanves metro station (line 13)
Visiting my favorite patisserie, Pierre Hermé
We came to the “Pierre Hermé” patisserie. There is a store in Japan, but I wanted to come to Paris for my favorite patisserie.
The store is colorful and looks like the color of “Pierre Hermé” macarons.
It’s a café, so we decided to go there for lunch.
Pierre Hermé’s synonymous macaroons are also on display.
Sweets are as beautiful as jewels…
I ordered a sweet full of Ispapan, a macaroon with rose and lychee. I’m not sure how much I love it, but I do.
It’s like, how much do you love ispa bread already?
I was very satisfied to have my favorite sweets in the real Paris.
See you later, Uncle Pierre!
Pierre Elmecaffe’s Basic Information
・Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
・Closed: Basically, no holidays
・Address: 74 Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006 Paris
・Access: 3 min. walk from Saint-Sulpice Metro Station (Line 4)
To the serene and beautiful Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Leaving Pierre Hermé behind, we came to Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It seems to be a high-end residential area in Paris, and is the place where you can feel the most peaceful Paris.
The Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is located right in front of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés train station.
The church is quiet and majestic. This is the first time I’ve seen it. This is the first time I’ve ever been to Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Visit Jean-Paul Evan, one of the world’s top chocolatiers
We came to “Jean-Paul Evan”, a world-class chocolatier representing France.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen such a thing.
He is also a man of original ideas, which can be a bit surprising to Japanese sensibilities.
Chocolate, of course, but also sweets and macaroons galore.
I forgot to take a picture, but there are different types of chocolate macarons according to the origin of the cacao, and the attention to detail is exceptional.
We decided to buy some macaroons here and have them as a snack.
Basic Information about Jean-Paul Evan Luxembourg Store
・Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:30
・Closed: Sunday and Monday
・Address: 3 Rue Vavin, 75006 Paris
・Access: 4 min. walk from Notre-Dame des Champs Station (Metro Line 12)
To the power spot “Church of the Miraculous Medaille”
We came to the Church of the Miraculous Medaille, known as a power spot in Paris.
This is the first time I’ve ever been to Paris, and it’s a great place to visit.
And this miraculous medallion is still available for purchase. It comes in two colors, blue and gold coated, and in different sizes. The smaller ones cost about 0.6 euros.
This is a beautiful church with a refreshing blue color scheme, which is hard to find in churches in Paris. It is a spot that will heal you no matter how many times you visit.
Basic Information on the Church of the Miraculous Medaille
・Opening hours: 7:45-13:00, 14:30-19:00 (no lunch break on Tuesdays, 8:15-12:30 and 14:30-19:00 on holidays)
・Closed: Check from official website.
・Address: 140 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
・Access: 3 minutes walk from Sèvres-Babylone metro station (lines 10 and 12)
Shopping in the basement of the Louvre
We moved on and came to the Louvre. We won’t be touring the museum, but we’ll be shopping at the Louvre’s souvenir shop, which is free to enter.
After passing the security check, you can enter the shopping area called “Carrousel du Louvre”.
This is where you can find a wide variety of French souvenirs as well as souvenirs from the Louvre. The prices are not cheap, but many of them are sophisticatedly designed, so I think it is the perfect place to choose a souvenir for your loved ones.
These French designed goods are really cute!
We took our time browsing the goods here and headed back to the hotel.
▼ The following article has more information about souvenirs from France.
▼ The famous works of the Louvre and how to get around the museum are explained in the following article. If you are going to the museum, click here.
Basic Information on the Carrousel du Louvre
・Opening hours: 10:00 – 20:00
・Closed: Basically, no holidays
・Address: 99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
・Access: Underground of the Louvre
Day 6: Downtown Paris to Montmartre & Arc de Triomphe
Amélie’s World Montmartre Sightseeing
On the sixth day, we spent the morning in Montmartre. Montmartre is a hill and difficult to climb. The cable car takes you easily to the vicinity of Sacré Coeur.
If you have an unlimited subway or bus ticket, you can also ride this cable car.
Once you get off the cable car, this is the view! You can see all of Paris. The city is truly beautiful, even from a height.
To the beautiful Sacré Coeur
Speaking of Montmartre, you can’t miss the Sacré Coeur Abbey.
There are many stained glass cathedrals in Paris, and this Sacré Coeur is one of them. It was a sunny day, so I could feel the beautiful light.
It sparkles and reflects like a jewel.
Time spent in the beautiful cathedral is special.
The cathedral is free to enter, so if you are in Montmartre, don’t miss it.
▼ For more information on the Sacré Coeur, please see below.
Basic Information about Sacré Coeur Basilica
・Opening hours: Cathedral (basilica): 6:00-22:30, Dome (tower): May-September 8:30-20:00, October-April 9:00-17:00.
・Closed: No holidays
・Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris
・Access: 10 min. walk from Anvers Station (Metro Line 2)
Strolling in Montmartre, a cute downtown area of Paris
Leaving the Sacré Coeur, we strolled through Montmartre.
Tour around the Place du Tertre, where painters gather, and fall in love with cute cafes.
I think Montmartre is by far the place in Paris with the most cute cafes.
I loved this ice cream shop where a little boy and girl were holding hands.
Montmartre is not really a place to do anything, but rather to wander around and enjoy the stores that excite you.
We found a cute flower shop.
As Monet and many other painters lived in this city, there are many goods and souvenirs related to his paintings.
I didn’t go this time, but I wrote an article summarizing tourist information on Montmartre, including Amelie’s cafe.
▼ Montmartre tourist information summary
We’re going to move on and climb the Arc de Triomphe.
Moving on from Montmartre, we came to the Champs-Elysées. Climbing the Arc de Triomphe.
An underpass takes you right under the Arc de Triomphe. If you look close, you can see the detailed decoration…
It really is a beautiful building, isn’t it? The Arc de Triomphe has only stairs, but even I am not strong enough to climb them.
With such a beautiful view, this is a spot you don’t want to miss in Paris.
I really wanted to go up on a sunny day, but it was a bit cloudy that day.
It’s a great way to see the world.
▼ For more information on how to climb the Arc de Triomphe and the night view, see the following article.
Basic information about Arc de Triomphe
・Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
・Closed: Basically, no holidays
・Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
・Access: 2 minutes walk from George V (Metro Line 1)
To the steakhouse for the last supper of the trip.
After climbing Arc de Triomphe, we went to a steakhouse near our hotel, Bercy Villages, for our last dinner.
I was in the mood to eat a lot of meat, lol.
15 euros for an appetizer, a thick steak and a drink. I think it’s quite cheap in Paris.
We enjoyed the meal and were very satisfied with our evening meal.
End of Day 6!
Day 7: Taxi to the airport
After having breakfast at the hotel, we took a cab from the cab stand near the hotel.
The fare from Paris city to Charles de Gaulle International Airport is set at a uniform 50 Euros, so you can feel confident knowing the price.
I was worried about traffic jams, but we arrived at the airport easily.
Check-in at the airport. This is the first time I’ve taken a flight on China Southern Airlines.
By the way, I think Charles de Gaulle Airport is an airport with an abundance of souvenir shops. This is the first time I’ve ever seen such a thing.
The airport was very beautiful and I was sad to leave.
It was time to board the plane, and I was finally ready to go.
I’m sad to leave, but I’m sure I’ll come back to this city I love.
I had a wonderful time in Paris and my love for the city has only grown stronger.
I’ll be back! Goodbye, Paris, this is the end of my 6 nights and 7 days travelogue!
Thank you for reading to the end.
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