Went to Paris a couple of weeks ago. There is something so alterno-twee about Montmartre – a studied decadance and certain ‘look’ that all the people who live their get into. They play the part so well. Even though it is one of the biggest tourist areas in Paris, it is not as full of tourist traps as the Quartier Latin. Sure the Place du Tertre is a cliche, but I still go back there every time (and you can find decent artists there). I know if I had come here in the 80s or 90s, I would have wanted to stay. But now, I am content to visit. I think I am done with big city life for some reason. Well, until the next time I change my mind or life totally, that is.