This place is so incredible I went back for a second time. This time I had company, met a cat and ate a duck.
1. Metro Lamarck - Caulaincourt
Entering Montmartre from the back proved to make all of the difference.
2. Place Dalida
Something of a cult figure after
3. Maison Rose
A quintessential Montmartre bistro in a house that was the subject of a lithograph by Maurice Utrillo.
4. The Montmartre Vineyard
This vineyard still produces a few hundred bottles of wine each year. These bottles are sold during the annual Wine Festival (first week of October) with the proceeds benefitting local charities. Sadly, there is no public access to the vineyard or its buildings.
5. Au Lapin Agile
Founded in 1860, Au Lapin Agile is the oldest bar/cabaret in Paris . Picasso, Utrillo and Modigliani (among many others) were patrons at one time. Picasso painted Au Lapin Agile and gave the painting to the bar owners who later sold it for $20 dollars. It was auctioned at Sotheby's, in 1989, for $42 million dollars. Damn.
6. Steps - Rue du Mont-Cenis
7. Parc Marcel Bleustein - Blanchet
8. Sacré Coeur
9. Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre
12. Espace Dalí Montmartre
Black - walled interiors is used as the backdrop for over 300 original works by Salvador Dali. The exhibits are mostly sculptures and sketches - You won't find any of the surrealist master's classic paintings here.
13. Rue Norvins
14. Passe Muraille
Home to the famous sculpture by Jean Marais. It depicts "The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls" penned by Marcel Aymé in 1943. Touching the left hand of the sculpture is believed to transfer some of his magical ability to the toucher. Which explains why the left hand is more "polished". Now I gotz the magic too.
15. Moulin de la Galette
Built in 1622, this windmill originally produced flour to make the eponymous 'galettes' (a type of bread). It was later turned into a dancehall and frequented (and immortalised in paint) by Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.
16. Rue d'Orchampt
17. Le Bateau Lavoir
Formerly a piano factory, the building was divided into a number of studios in the 1890's which became known as the "Cradle of Cubism". Picasso lived here between 1904-1912, during which time he painted 'The Third Rose' and 'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon' (my favorite Picasso painting). Other residents included Braque, Juan Gris and Modigliani.
18. Passage des Abbesses
19. Mur des Je t'aimes
Lovers the world over come here to read 311 versions of "I Love You" written in 250 languages. This makes me a lover.
20. Metro - Abbesses
One of only two remaining Art Nouveau stations designed by Hector Guimard in Paris. Source: http://www.paris48.com/montmartre-walk.html
The duck. For this pseudo vegetarian, this proved to be way, way too much duck. Delicious. Of course.
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