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Get lost in Montmartre
I took Robert Frost's suggestion to "take the road less travelled" literally when I decided to take every side street possible on the way to the Sacre Coeur. No funicular. No tourists en route. Should you choose to do the same, you'll be amazed when you find amazing boulangeries, patisseries, and cafes throughout what has come to be one of may favorite areas: Montmartre.
Don't be afraid of getting lost. If you keep walking uphill, you'll eventually find the basilica. If you get tired, who cares? It's reason enough to take a break for a cafe creme.
WALL you need is love...
Le Mur de je t'aime (The 'I love you' Wall) is steps from the Abbesses metro stop (Montmartre) in a small park-like square. The left wall of the square is filled with the words "I love you" in pretty much every human language. Nice photo place, good place to sit and regain some energy, great place to kiss.
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A windmill on Rue Lepic
Montmatre used to be the home of over 40 windmills, and although the area survived the bulldozing of Haussmann during the second republic, only three windmill remain. None of them work and two are reconstructions anyway.
The prettiest is probably Moulin Radet on Rue Lepic. Rue Lepic is in fact well worth a walk as it twists pleasingly between the top of Montmatre and the Clichy Boulevard.
For many years reduced to just 2 sails only, but recently the 4 sails have been reinstated. The stands over a restaurant which goes by the name of "Moulin de la Galette".
It takes a good picture.
The "moulin" in Montmartre * 18e
When we hear the word MOULIN, we think of "Moulin Rogue" and windmills. In fact the French word means "mill" -- and mils where grains were ground and olives pressed could be powered by water or wind.
This is a "moulin" that was decorating a yet-to-be-opened restaurant.
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Moulin de la Galette. 18th.
These are the only two windmills left on Montmartre out of the 30 that were here originally. Collectively, the two are known as Moulin de la Galette from the cabarets name. The oldest one of Montmartre, is the Moulin Blute-Fin, between nos. 75 and 77 rue Lepic, built in 1622, still has its mechanism inside. Unfortunately cannot be visited. The one that is still open as a restaurant was built in 1717 and called the Moulin Radet is at 83 rue Lepic, but was moved here in 1924 from a little way down the hill. All is classed "Historic Monument" since 1958.
Metro Lamarck-Caulaincourt is probably a little bit closer than Abbesses.
The telephone and site address below are given if you fancy a special night out........
Le Bateau Lavoir * 18e
Literally "The laundry boat" was named by early 20th century artists, Max Jacob and Andr? Salmon. This building of artists' studios housed such famous people as Picasso and Modigliani. The name came because the corridors were twisty like those on a boat.
Location: 11bis, pl. Emile Godeau.
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Roland Dorgeles 18th.
On the small place situated on the opposite corner to the "Lapin Agile" in Montmartre, i.e. at the crossroads of rues des Saules and St. Vincent, you'll find apposed on the wall this plaque dedicated to the memory of Roland Dorgeles. Born Roland Lecavelé, he became a journalist and then a writer. After coming back from WW1 he wrote his most well known work "Les Croix de Bois"-"The wooden crosses", based on his war experiences, which narrowly missed the Prix Goncourt (a famous literary prize) in 1919. He entered the Goncourt Acadamy in 1929 and was president from 1954 until his death in 1973. His plaque is here looking down on the "Lapin Agile", his favourite haunt during many years.
On the plaque is one of his citations "I hate the war but I love those that have been there".
On one of the other corners are the famous Montmartre vineyards with the wall of the St. Vincent cemetery on the fourth corner, where is his last resting place.
Lamarck-Caulaincourt is the closest metro.
Wander in Montmartre's streets
After a visit of Sacre Coeur and la Place du Tertre, I would recommand that you go down through those little streets. You will run into lots of stairs and beautiful houses. Sometimes, you would arrive at some point where there is a nice view over a slice of Paris view from up...
Rue de l'Abreuvoir. 18th.
Two very unusual houses in this street, the first at no. 2 being the more well known, as Maurice Utrillo painted it around 1912, known as "La Maison Rose". Still a bar/restaurant and being in one of the most touristy areas of Paris is expensive. Menus start at 35 euros.
Just down the road is a far more interesting house at no. 4 that was lived in by Commandant Henri Lachouque, historian of Napoleon and the Great Army. At the front gate are two examples of the "Imperial Eagle" and on the right hand side is a sundial with the inscription "Quand tu sonneras, je chanterais"" When you ring I will sing". Just below this there is a plaque giving details of the Commandant.
Nearest metro is Lamarck-Caulaincourt.
Rocher de la Sorciere (Witches rock) 18th.
Lying between 65 rue Lepic and 23 avenue Junot is an un-named alleyway that is part of what was known as the "maquis" of Montmartre, wild and unlawful. Here at the top of the staircase sits a rock known locally as "Witches Rock" or Rocher de la Sorciere. UPDATE - 14/08/2010 : Unfortunately it is no longer possible to take this passage due to subsidence under the steps that lead down and present a real danger
Anecdote : The Henri-Georges Clouzot film "L'Assassin habite au numero 21" "The murderer lives at no. 21", supposedly 21, Avenue Junot. But there has never been a no. 21, the numbers jump from 15 to 23.
Whilst here, at the corner of no. 25 Avenue Junot is the exquisite "Villa Leandre", another mouth-watering cul-de-sac that in the middle of a city shouldn't be there.
Look closely on the pavement around nos. 43/47 av. Junot and try and spot the brass plates marked "Arago" that mark the passage of the Paris meridien.
Lamarck-Caulaincourt is the closest metro.
Last Vineyard in Paris
Montmartre is the home of the last remaining vineyard in Paris. (Rue St. Vincent). From here a small batch of wine is produced each year and auctioned off in October. I have to say from personal experience, the wine is more of a curiosity to have than to drink. All the proceeds go to a good cause, though. Some say the arts, some say the aged of Montmartre
Le tabac des deux moulins is the little bar where the very well-known Amélie was filmed! It looks so nice & cozy & everything's almost the same as in the movie. If you've seen the film, you'll recognize all inside but the cigarette kiosk - it doesn't exist. And if you remember the toilet [and what happened inside] be sure to click to see the other photo... ;)
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This is not an activity but I just found it odd that we came across this windmill just behind the Sacre Coure. I thought it looked rather odd standing there in the middle of the houses and shops, so odd that I had to take this photo.
Place Dalida in Montmartre
In 1997, the angle of the rues Girardon and Abreuvoir in the Butte Montmartre in Paris was inaugurated as "Place Dalida" in memory of this great singer.
In a corner a life-size bust of Dalida was erected.
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Le vin et l'amour ;) -- 18e
Two vignettes from Montmartre. On the left young lovers on the grass below Sacre Coeur. On the right -- the only vineyard left in Paris -- carefully fenced off -- behind Montmartre and near Le Lapin Agile.
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