This famous cobblestoned square really lives up to its reputation. I really loved the atmosphere and the variety of talent on display. Quirky street art, seriously funny caricatures, unbelievably accurate portraits and intricate representations of famous Parisian streets and attractions are some of the works of art that will distract and delight you while you carefully navigate around the crowds, easels and art equipment.
My sister and I ended up having our caricatures done by a smooth talking artist. 2 of us in a drawing for 40Euros, seemed like a bargain until we realized the chap next to him was doing 2 for 25Euros. O well, next time we will know better.
There are plenty of ways to get up to this place, some involving terribly steep slopes or steps including the the route we took which was from Abbesses Metro. But plenty to see along to way so don't give your self a heart attack by trying to get to the top quickly.
There's a special romanticism in Tertre's nights (in summer... I may say now!).
Several painters occupy the place, displaying their portfolio, while hundreds of people walk around, comparing and commenting styles, and some of them negotiating a portrait or caricature. And the time passes quickly, comparing faces to the expressions fixed in the papers.
Upon arriving in the city of Paris from CDG through the subrubs, you will see all the walls full of scribbles of someone's name after another. Pretty pointless and too amateur to be considered as graffiti or an art form. And maybe part of it because of all these craps, graffiti, as a whole, has been considered as a crime... But maybe that's part of this whole thing; to create an art within a very limited of time without getting caught...it's an adrenaline drive. it's an excitement.
I'm totally no expert on this topic, admit it, you can pretty much distinguish an art from a scribble of I-don't-know what.
what is around the corner!
These two dancers, found across from
Place St. Michel were a delight to watch.
Part of what make Paris such a spectacular city is that even the street performers have class.
Check the travelouge for a closer look at the Latin Quarter.
Strolling around on the highest level of Paris. Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Place du Tertre, meeting street artists, promoting their capacities and your lovely personality to be put into a drawing. Remarkable is that before entering the Place itself, some "wild" and rather aggresive artists try to earn some money. On the Place itself the real painting artists are calm and friendly.
And than having a Guinness at the local Irish Pub, or even a belgian blond Leffe - a Cuban Libre.
Oh Paris - you are fascinating and so multicultural
Important part of the Parisian special atmosphere, the Bouquiniste stalls can be found on the Quai St-Michel.
With their specific dark green boxes, the bouquiniste are selling, beside the second-hand books, also drawings and other small souvenirs.
Street Artists and Musicians:
Paris has them like all the great cities.
I love all the Paris street artists and musicians. Everywhere you go, .... art.
Although occasionally they could become a little tedious
( e.g. try being "ambushed" on the RER early in the morning by a boisterous and slightly off-key brass band when you are hung over from the night before )...
they are one of my fondest Paris memories.. Music and art everywhere. Only in the great cities of the world.
The waif playing the violin on the Champs in the second foto is another of Anthonys street scenes that reflect what I experienced & loved, and which triumph so toweringly over my mediocre photos.
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The street vendors sell paintings (of Paris, animals etc), prints, 2nd hand books (mostly French and English), souvenirs and more.
With the Cathedral of Notre Dame as a backdrop it is a beautiful way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
It is an ideal place to get presents for your family and friends.
Unlike Montmartre, there were no artists painting when I was there in August 2005. Apparently the painting I bought was painted by an Art student as part of their course.
Artists offer reasonably-priced original art on Montmartre. You can have portraits painted quickly (20 minutes to one hour) or just browse through the artists' offerings: flowers, French scenes, Paris landmarks and monuments, etc. If you are taking something home for a friend, consider buying a small piece of original art; trust me, Grandma will like it even more than her Hard Rock London t-shirt! Prices will vary from artist to artist and picture to picture, but you can get a nice original portrait for around 40 euro or other ready-to-buy paintings and drawings from 15 euro up.
The sidewalk cafes are abundant in some neighborhoods. They are great for a snack or drink and for people watching. Often there is a musician or mime or some other street performer who will keep you entertained while you relax for a few moments.
I've always found it kinda vain to get a self-portrait... I don't exactly want a pic of myself hanging in my room. Still... if that's your thing... there's a ton of pretty skilled artistes who can draw your pic for a few Euros. This is located near the Montemarte area...
Between Notre Dame and the St Louis Island, there are very often street artists and/or musicians to untertain tourists and earn a little bit money....When I was there, it was a swing/jazz band who sung in English... probably Americans ;-)
I took this pic of the Fire-eaters in Place de St Michel one Saturday night, but as always, a woman walked right into my field of vision, glared at me, and thats why you see her and not the guy blowing fire! :)
Be on the lookout for jugglers and street performers in well traveled tourist areas. The photo was taken on the Pont St. louis behind Notre Dame in the afternoon.
The side of the building contains vertical ridges. When approaching from the left or right the picture appears out of focus. As you walk by, the picture becomes centered and snaps into focus.