First stop going backwards on the walking tour was the moulin rouge – still
appearing is a toulouse lautrec mural (may have been restored/repainted some)
that I found to be beautiful.
Nearby yet a short distance away was the cafe used in the film amelie.
Reliving feeling of montmartre on new year’s day.
Oddly quiet compared to busy area of paris; could get a
sense of the fact that artists could actually work there.
there was a small amount of traffic with small cars but
so quiet, perhaps muffled by the cobblestone streets.
I did a walking tour to visit the shrines of artists past –
their studios, their apartments. They would have all
lived very close, even if at different times, different decades,
walking distance at a time when cars would not have been
the main mode of transportation. it was a cold gray day as
we went by pigalle to do the montmartre tour backwards.
The street up to Basilica of the Sacré Cœur was packed with
pedestrians moving very slowly upwards – it may have been a Holy Day.
These are not exactly in order – first went by van gogh’s, then lautrec’s,
could not find renoir’s place but wanted to and ended up by picasso’s
studio towards nightfall. I would have really liked to have been here on
a warm sunny day when the museums and galleries were open but felt
fortunate as well. I would like to paint here. maybe a grant idea.