This will be the final installment of this Montmartre series – there was just too much info to pack into one post! From the “Butte” and directly across from La Bonne Franquette (click here for prior post), head down the road alongside this lovely art installation:
…and on to see another iconic Parisian landmark, La Maison Rose ~
We were fortunate enough to visit La Maison Rose before there were throngs of people, in fact they were just setting up the tables for the day. And a gorgeous day it was, with the green ivy and blue skies as the perfect backdrop to the pastel greens and pink.
The area all around La Maison is full of photo opportunities of more beautiful ivy-covered structures.
Just down another block you’ll find Montmartre’s own vineyard, as well as Lupin Agile, one of Paris’ original cabaret locations. The vineyard is unfortunately well known to produce pretty terrible wine, while charging steep Parisian prices!
Backtrack up the street towards La Bonne Franquette once again, and take a right at the top of the Butte ~
Between the cute car above and the adorable couple we spotted a few moments later below, I was in full Paris-Geek mode in the middle of street!
At the base of this street you will find Le Moulin de la Galette, an old meeting place for the likes of Pissarro, Renoir and Vincent van Gogh.
Dating back to the 17th century and well known for their brown flour bread, it wasn’t until the 19th century when Renoir made the location truly famous with his masterpiece “Bal du moulin de la Galette“:
This piece of art depicting a dance in front of this famed windmill is currently on display at Musée d’Orsay.
Cut through the tiny walkway/alleyway on the left directly across from Le Moulin de la Galette and follow it until you can turn right again heading downhill.
There are lots of creative treasures along the way, including the market that was featured in the movie “Amelie”:
This is where it really starts to feel like a neighborhood rather than some infamous tourist trap. The street art even includes a little zentangle along with tributes to Frank Zappa.
The map I’ve included shows the location of a secret garden, Jardin des Abbesses, tucked in between the buildings.
This lush peaceful space seems unreal in the middle of the bustling city.
These illustrations can be found all over the place…let me know if you know the story behind them. And again, I’m a sucker for ivy and plant covered structures 😛
Continue around the corner for this stunner…
The “I love you” wall is inscribed in just about every language you can imagine! I think every city should have one of these ❤
On to find some food! This restaurant had been recommended by “A French Frye in Paris” Corey Frye who I have been following for quite a while now. He wrote a full review about “Bijou” in a blog post, and I was inspired to include this stop in our day.
A fun atmosphere and a beautiful interior made for a wonderful experience.
And their pizza was great too! Thanks for the tip Corey!
And…as promised, here is the walking map of this entire day. From Bijou you are very close to the Anvers metro station, so you’ve made a full circle in one of the best neighborhoods of Paris! Let me know your favorite part of Montmartre.