During a trip last week to Montreuil-sur-mer, David and I stayed at the Hotel Hermitage, which was rebuilt under Napoleon III and fully restored in 2002. The hotel's restaurant Le Jeroboam has excellent cuisine, as well as a stellar wine list. The hotel also has a spa; alas, no time to visit it!
A large fountain in the heart of Montreuil-sur-mer.
This cherub fountain is located in a small square, featuring a World War I memorial to French soldiers who lost their lives. I took this photo for my friend Laura, a very talented artist who delights in sketching fountains wherever she goes.
It's the photographer who's leaning - not the memorial - to avoid being hit by a motorbike that abruptly screeched to a halt in a parking space fronting the marble statue.
This hotel and restaurant, Le Coq, is located near the memorial square.
A close-up of the rooster statue.
In writer Victor Hugo's day, this style of architecture was popular. Hugo used Montreuil-sur-mer as the location for his tale Les Miserables. The building is currently a hotel and restaurant, although I wouldn't advise eating here. During our first visit to Montreuil, the decor was beautiful, but the service abysmal and the food almost inedible. We didn't risk a second visit.
A chocolate shop's sign doesn't exactly encourage les visiteurs to partake.
Our first stop upon arrival was this antiques store, where I'd previously found some bargains. I like the town's cobblestone streets.
This trip I bought a beautiful and rare signed piece of glazed Accolay art pottery. The prices at antiques shop outside Paris are usually reasonable. Accolay pottery was produced between 1945–1983 in Bourgogne, after four students from the professional ceramics school of Macon started their own factory.
I like the cheeriness of this laundromat sign.
A Victorian doll house is the focal point in this toy shop window.