Bon Jour, Mes Amis!
No, you haven’t stumbled upon a French website! You did, however, uncover a virtual trip to France!
Welcome to the world behind my alter ego’s (Nadirah Foxx) upcoming novel, Savage Charm.
Why not? Seriously, though, it is an odd choice for someone who never wanted to learn French. In junior high school, I had a class called Survey of Languages. One semester was spent learning either French or Spanish. The next was spent learning the other language. Back then, I was only interested in Spanish. I don’t know why I was so set on that language, but my desire was so strong that I did poorly with French.
Living in Detroit, I saw no real need for French. It didn’t matter to me that we were close to Canada. It also didn’t matter to me that my family watched Canadian television (French could have helped with those ads and programs, right?). Before you ask, I grew up in the sixties and seventies. No cable TV then.
For some reason, Paris popped into my head when I started writing Savage Charm.
The male main character, Dash Copeland, goes to Paris after faking his death. Before he leaves the States, he locates a walk-up apartment in Paris’s 18th arrondissement of Montmartre.
Dash’s apartment is on a quiet street (Rue Veron), but There is a lot to see and do in Montmartre. He’s close to shopping and plenty of places to eat. It’s a five minute walk to the Moulin Rouge and only fifteen minutes to the Sacre-Coeur.
Since Dash isn’t in Paris to enjoy the sights, he doesn’t get the full experience of living in a neighborhood like Montmartre. You shouldn’t miss out though!
According to Bon Appetour blog, there are at least TEN places you should see when in Montmartre. https://www.bonappetour.com/blog/10-things-to-do-in-montmartre/
One place they stood out on the list was the Musée de l’Erotisme! Too bad it closed in 2016. The museum occupied a 19th century townhouse and featured all sorts of erotic art, sculptures, and artifacts.
Poor Dash! No matter how hard he tries, he just doesn’t fit in. Maybe if he checked out a copy of Trip Savvy’s Complete Guide to the Montmartre Neighborhood, he wouldn’t stick out like a tourist.
You might wonder why would Dash choose an artsy, historic area to call home. Sorry, but that was author privilege! If I were going to move to Paris, I’d want some place with lots of charm and character. If this description from Trip Savvy doesn’t do it for you, then maybe you have something in common with the main character:
“…come here for winding cobblestone paths, ivy hanging from wooden window panes, views of the majestic Sacré Coeur from café windows and myriad local shops selling cured meets or delicious pastries and breads. All this, and much more, awaits you in this legendary district, which manages to retain charm and authenticity in spite of being quite touristy in certain corners.”
Montmartre sits on a hill that has provided protection for centuries. Even Henry IV used it to fire down upon the city.
My husband visited Paris when our daughter was a toddler. It was a trip for male instructors from the martial arts academy we attended back then. Since there were no females going, I had to stay in California with the kid. When my hubby returned, he told me of all the places he visited while in France. Montmartre sounded like one of those spots he may have ventured across.
There is so much to do within walking distance of Dash’s apartment that I had to make Montmartre his new home.
Catch me next time when we find out where Dash enjoyed eating his meals!
In the meantime, lace up your sneakers and get ready for a walking tour of Paris! https://www.paris-walking-tours.com/paris-map-18th-arrondissement.html