Today we decided to take one of the walks in our book entitled "Forever Paris": Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris that takes us around the neighborhood of Montmartre. We've been there many times, including this trip but today we were searching for specific addresses on buildings.
Our second site was the Moulin Rouge. Been there done that but generally at night. I was amazed at the long line of people standing in line to purchase tickets. You couldn't pay me to go there, but it's always fun to see from the outside. This was the favorite haunt of our artist and was the inspiration for one of his most famous posters featuring the dancer La Goulue.
Along the way we passed the old wooden windmill that stands at the top of the hill and then nearby the famous one that is surrounded by the restaurant Moulin de la Galette, a dancing hall during Toulous' day as well as a restaurant. Soon we were at the top and enjoying the artists trying
Around the bend and down the hill a bit on the back side we found the Montmartre Museum at # 12 Cartot. At first we thought it might be closed as there was extensive repairs on the building next door but the garden gate was open. So happy as it started to rain just as we arrived!
There was a large model of the Montmartre Hill with pins showing where all of the various artists lived. There were two buildings that had multiple pins: the museum and Bateau Lavoir.
Both Monet and Renior stayed in this house at various times while they were painting on the hill. A favorite of ours was painted in the garden with a swing. By the time we left the rain had stopped and we enjoyed the gardens before leaving this moment in history.
Jim window shopped all the way down the long block that is full of shops. No bargains for what he wanted so we managed to arrive at the Anvers Metro Station without extra parcels. When we got on the train it was packed solid...sardine can time...but by the time we were half way home it had thinned out and we both had seats.
A quick stop at the grocery store and we were home by five o'clock. A lovely day and an even nicer evening. I hope you enjoy the slideshow: