Monday, 15 November 2010

Paris - Montmartre

No visit to Paris would be complete without seeing the Moulin Rouge - the cabaret made famous by Toulouse-Lautrec and where the saucy can-can was born!

Before we set off on our short break I had invested in an AA City Guide of Paris. There was a suggested walk which took you off the beaten track to see the delightful back streets on your way to the Sacre-Coeur. We decided to undertake this walk even though it suggested making a detour to a Cemetery! The Cemetery was nothing like what I expected - see the above photograph. It was a very beautiful, tranquil place.

Many famous people are buried here. The artist Edgar Degas and apparently Emile Zola although we didn't spot his grave.

I particularly liked this stained glass window inside one of the tombs. It really looked spectacular with the sun shining through. The Cemetery was gated and well looked after. There was a cat. It was being fed by an old french lady behind a gravestone. There were signs everywhere asking people not to feed the cat so she was well hidden out of view!

After we left the Cemetery we made our way following the suggested walk and came across a shop selling all kinds of weird things! See the photograph above and below.

These clown heads are a bit creepy!

Many of the houses on these side streets had this type of fabulous door. I love the mismatched handles and the metallic fretwork.

I especially liked some of the urban artwork!

We headed towards the Place du Tertre where the portrait artists and silhouette artists have their stalls. This lady did our daughters' silhouette in about 5 minutes and the likeness was remarkable!

Finally, we arrived at the Sacre-Coeur.

This chap was on a plinth doing tricks with a football. Any mistake and he could have fallen over and done himself some serious damage! He obviously had a good sense of balance!

And finally, a mime artist. There are several of these in Paris. They are a bit spooky!

Well, no cats or dogs again today. I've still got some photographs of Paris that I would like to put on the blog. I will do a mish-mash tomorrow before returning to cats, dogs, etc ...

Until then.


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