Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Round trip Montmartre-La Seine with Agnieszka

Agnieszka - Pont des Arts
6:50 AM - Agnieszka lives in Manchester (United Kingdom). During her stay in Paris, Agnieszka chose to live near Montmartre. For this morning tour, we decided to go southward to join the river Seine and return to Montmartre by finishing by a sports ascent towards the basilica of the "Sacré Cœur".

On our way back, we crossed several mills: the "Moulin-Rouge" and the two mills which constitute the "Moulin de la Galette" (the "Blute-fin" and the "Radet").
Contrary to the "Moulin de la Galette", the "Moulin Rouge" was never a real windmill, but from the beginning, a cabaret, this famous cabaret which saw the birth of the "French cancan" and which is always in service.

These two windmills served to grind wheat but also to press grape to make wine. Formerly, Montmartre possessed numerous windmills. These two mills are the only remaining ones.

Agnieszka - Moulin de la Galette (here the "Radet") - Montmartre

Gradually, the "Moulin de la Galette" was transformed into a cabaret. The ball of the "Moulin de la Galette" was famous and attracted numerous artists. Among them, Auguste Renoir, as witnesses his pictures: "Le bal du Moulin de la Galette".

Bal du moulin de la Galette, Auguste Renoir, 1876, Musée d'Orsay

In Paris, works of art are not only in museums: the "Street Art" can be seen almost everywhere. See the one-way street sign behind Agnieszka on the photo near the Mill.Had you noticed this man who takes the white bar?

Merci Agnieszka !

The route of the tour:

1 comment:

  1. Merci Jean-Charles. I had really great fun that morning. Shame I missed the sign even that I walk that way many times :) Thank you for your kindness and good luck with your running and marathons :-)


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