Paris Day 9: From the Porte de Vanves Flea Market to the Heights of Sacre Coeur, Espresso, Mexican Food and Sangria!

2 sisters in Paris Day 9 Adventure Map

What a day we had on Day 9!  We saw Paris from one end to the other.  First by foot as we walked from our apartment in the Latin Quarter down to Le Marche aux Puces de Vanves – a highly recommended Paris Flea market.  Thanks to Claudia at The Paris Apartment for the tips!  If you want the real expert information on shopping the Paris Flea Markets be sure and catch her blog at

My lunch of croquet monsier and FRENCH fries at the Porte de Vanves flea market ParisWe enjoyed our walk and again seeing a new part of Paris.  By the time we arrived at the Porte de Vanves flea market (about a 2+ mile walk), I was starving and had to get some of the local fare – I was a very bad girl!  And yes, it was very good!

We shopped but had to hurry because we had started late and the best vendors were beginning to pack their wares and leave after we were there about an hour.  We plan to return next weekend and do some proper shopping!  Check out the photos at the end of this blog post.

We headed to the Metro and caught a train up to Sacre Coeur and enjoyed the fabulous weather and blue skies that absolutely set off the magnificent architecture of this historical cathedral.  We stayed the rest of the day and into the evening there in Montmartre shopping and taking in all the sites. I had to try some freshly made crepes with banana and Nutella –  I mean yummy beyond your wildest imagination!  We stayed the longest in the artist area, viewing the art and visiting with the artists, it was a wonderful experience.  We met some very cool people and bought some amazing art!  I so wish our friend Dorsey McHugh was here with us, she is an amazing artist and needs to have her art in Paris!  If you have not seen Dorsey’s art, check it out at

French waiter in the artists district at Montmartre After more shopping and stops in the Montmartre neighborhood we finally caught the Metro back to the Latin Quarter.  It was around 9:00pm and we were hungry and decided to try out a local Mexican food cafe (one of only 2 we have seen).  Can you imagine Mexican food in Paris? The place did their best to represent a South of the Border feel, but being from Texas I have to admit my palate has an expert sense of  what I consider to be really good Mexican food!   I wasn’t sure how I would like the food, so we stepped out on faith and ordered chips and salsa and a pitcher of Sangria.  After looking over the menu and relaxing with our drinks, we decided on fajitas.  VERY good, we were not disappointed!  How would it compare to my favorite back home, Mi Cocina?  On a scale of 1-10, I would say a 5, Mi Cocina a 10.  My favorite of the night?  The Sangria, it was fabulous, and their orange colored salsa was very different and spicy. Overall, I was impressed!

Another fantastic day in Paris.  We are grateful for the opportunity to be here again and hope to share a sense of the joy and fun we are experiencing in the city of lights.  There are many pics from Day 9 below,  so enjoy!  I am off to bed early tonight!  A bientot!

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