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MONTMARTRE

Date: 10th May 2011

People turn their noses up at the 'Tourist Route' but in days gone by the rich went on the Grand Tour - nowadays the high spots are open to all. We all know that Montmartre is touristy but I have to say, the cafes were not charging more than anywhere else in Paris and indeed our drinks were less than they'd been in the Place de la Republique - and I know where I'd rather drink. I succumbed to a charming Russian artists, Vitaly, who executed a pencil drawing of me. I've never given in before and probably never would again. Several, in the passing crowd gave a thumbs up and nodded approval. He has, I think, captured the essence of me - although he forbore to put in the wrinkles!!

(Talking of Russians, a friend in Australia asked if I'd visited Nureyev's tomb.  Hadn't even thought about it but looked it up on the internet today - WOW - it is stunning.  He loved Kilim rugs and one has been created in mosaic draping his tomb.  He's buried at St. Genevieve-des-Bois which is 14 miles outside Paris but perhaps next time I'll pay a visit.)

We visited the tiny vineyard - the only one in Paris and saw the Cafe where the artist Utrillo lived. We sat and drank some rose, breathing in the atmosphere of a bustling square which was delightful. The weather couldn't have been better - warm but not too hot.

Tonight we are doing the touristy thing of going on the Bateaux Parisien I last did a Bateaux Mouche trip on my honeymoon with Jonathan's father over 30 years ago and have resisted a repeat experience ever since regarding it as 'touristy'. The food will probably be indifferent but it is the view of Paris by night from the Seine which is the reason for going. When I get back to the UK, I will post photos for you and also put in the paragraphing which, for reasons beyond me, don't transfer from draft form on the Ipad onto my website. A demain. Jan

MONTMARTRE

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