Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday 25 November - Montmartre

It was cooler today and very misty.  We walked to Montmartre along the rue des Dames to Clichy and then past the Moilin Rouge to rue Lepic and on to Abbesses.  We took the funicular up to Sacre Coeur.  At the funicular a woman asked Mary if it was worthwhile going up to see the Place du Tertre. Mary replied it is worth going to see once.  At the top, the Eiffel Tower was just visible in the mist while the Place du Tertre was its normal nasty self crowded with pickpockets and pseudo artists wanting to make your picture.

We walked a little way away from the tourists and found a haven of calm in the Montmartre Museum. This is very well done and worth a visit.  There is a good audio visual introduction then there are two houses to visit as well as Renoir's gardens.  There is a good overlook over the small Montmartre vineyard.
Model of Montmartre

12 rue Cortot

Montmartre Vineyard

Bar from the Chat Noir

Painting of the sign for the Lapin Argil

View of water tower and part of Sacre Coeur from the garden

Painting in Bernard Buffet retrospective
It was good to have an understanding of the work of Bernard Buffet as well as an appreciation of how the artists developed in the area (Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, Toulouse, Lautrec, Renoir etc as well as musicians such as Eric Satie.

We walked back along Batignolles and had a meal cooked in the apartment.
Confit de canard with fried potatoes.  I am sure Pat H. would have approved of the crunch factor.

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