Sur le pont d’Avignon. Swing par Jean Sablon

Very few traditional French songs have survived. We still have poems by François Villon (15th) Clement Marot, Ronsard, du Bellay (16th century), but almost no traditional songs. Probably because the poems were printed and the songs were not. Those that have survived are generally nursery rhymes. Maybe that is why they survived: mothers or grandmothers…

Montmartre, le passe-murailles

For an easier route to Montmartre, take line 12, direction Aubervilliers. Stop at Lamarck-Caulaincourt. (Less, much less stairs to climb than at Abbesses) when you go out of the station, climb the only visible flight of stairs visible in the street. just a couple. Turn right into Rue Caulaincourt. Across a small square take Avenue…

Montmartre à reculons

  Another view of the Sacré Coeur     A Wallace fountain. All over Paris. Gorgeous (drinkable) water!     “For the first time on December 24th 1898, a petrol car driven by Louis Renault who’d built it, reached la Place du Tertre, thus signaling the start of the French automobile industry” Anyone who’s climbed…

Mon Paris à moi, là!

Montmartre, le Mont des martyrs, where St-Denis was beheaded. Not necessarily my favourite spot in Paris. The architecture of the Sacré Coeur is slighlty “Kitsch”, but an obligatory spot to go back to. Maybe because my sister used to live in Montmartre. Now… it still has lovely skies… Yet another reason to go to Montmartre:…

Paris bits and pieces

An Art-Deco doorway in the XVe arrondissement Paris gardens The skies of my Paris (A nul autre pareils) Two windows chatting above a rose bush (c) BMO and Equinoxio (To be continued…)