They call him Youri

Montmarte quickly has become one of our favorite places in the Paris we have seen so far. The beauty of the streets and the food vendors alone are enough to bring tears to the corner of your eyes and initiate that makes your mouth water level of gastronomic anticipation. After the insanity of our 48 hour tour of Paris AND London’s most famous tourist spots, we were looking for a bit more of a chill day. We chose wisely when we decided to spend the day exploring this quaint foodie village, also home to Paris’ highest elevation and the famed Sacre Coeur basilica.

After a few hours on the streets and in the Montmarte Cemetery, we wandered over towards Sacre Coeur and find a street musician set up on the steps looking back at the city. We decided we wanted to practice our new chill in Paris mentality so we sat down on the steps to relax and listen. Plus we were tired. Again.

The energy of the moment was indescribable. So here we are sitting on the steps of one of the most famed churches in the world, with the most amazing view of Paris. There is athletic looking African guy hanging from a light post over the cliff doing tricks with a soccer ball. Dozens if not hundreds of people are gathered speaking languages from nearly every corner of the globe. And we are listening to a street musician named Youri – who was born in Naples, Italy, lives in Paris, France and was named after a Russian cosmonaut. And Youri is singing in English, a song by a little British band you may know called the Beatles. A song called Hey Jude.

And oh by the way, when we got up to continue our evening we turned around and remembered that there was this pretty cool looking church above us as well. We had climbed to the top of the village of Montmarte to see a church and take some photos and we got oh so much more than just that. The moment had stolen the show from the main attraction.

I wonder how you say Melting Pot in French, or Italian, or Russian? Some moments transcend culture in the best possible way.


About Jim Herbert

I've been wanting to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I'm hitting my stride. I'm also a budding speech writer. I've recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Check out our website at for more details about the amazing things that are happening in my life. A book or two are nearing completion. With another Paris trip on tap for Easter of 2015 I can only imagine that there are Infinite Possibilities on the horizon!!!
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