Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hidden in the City

It’s not often that one finds a working vineyard in the middle of major city.  But in Paris, if you look you’ll find one – the vineyard in Montmartre.  Dating back to Roman times wine has been grown, harvested and bottled here in Paris.  On a sunny Sunday afternoon it was a delight to discover a tiny vineyard, perfectly manicured with plants and trees growing along side the vines.

Near the Basilica of Sacre Coeur that sites atop a hill, you can find the Vineyard of Montmartre.  Come in October and enjoy the Fetes due Vendages, the harvest.  Other times you can visit by making arrangements through the Montmartre Tourist office.

In a city known for the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre it’s exciting to find a tiny special piece of history, alive and thriving today.

It makes me wonder too – what other hidden spots exist here in Paris, in my own city of Los Angeles and other places I’ve visited.

What special places will we find if we look beyond the well known? 

Is there a spot in your city that you’d recommend?

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