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MONTMARTRE - Jean Jacques de Launay

Date: 12th May 2012

MONTMARTRE – J J  de Launay

If you’ve only got one evening in Paris, I think it is obligatory to go to Montmartre. Yes, it is touristy but it is also romantic, artistic and delightful. Ian Reed and I were staying on in Paris in order to take some still shots in Père Lachaise and Montparnasse before heading home on the Friday afternoon Eurostar.

It was a balmy evening and not too full of people. We sat outside the Café ‘La Cremaillere’ and quaffed a couple of glasses of vino as we watched the world (and very interesting too) go by.

Then we heard singing come from the interior of the Café – and there was the delightful Jean Jacques de Launay crooning some lovely old numbers. Ian asked him to sing the Charles Trenet number ‘Que reste-t-il de nos amours’ which plays at the York Museum as background music. (Two and a half thousand Frenchmen were stationed at Elvington during the war – the attrition rate being one out of every two who gave his life for freedom). Jean Jacques sang it  for us.   Any of you old enough will know the song as soon as you hear it – although I didn’t recognize the title.

Anyway many thanks to Jean Jacques – he contributed handsomely to a lovely evening. Didn’t have my camera with me so took a photo on my mobile but still have to learn how to ‘get it off’ the phone. I really am hopeless with technology.  

Ian has just sent me this photo which he took on his phone.  I'm still waiting for my 'computer guy' to come round to give me help.

Anyway - happy memories of a delightful but all too short visit to Paris.  Moi and Jean Jacques de Launay

MONTMARTRE - Jean Jacques de Launay

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