Le Chat Noir and Lapin Agile to be precise. I’ve been exploring Montmartre and the treasures hidden in the narrow cobblestone streets around Sacré-Cœur and discovered the pair of them reside in this neighbourhood.
Since ‘Au Lapin Agile’ was a popular meeting place for questionable Montmartre characters including eccentrics, pimps, a batch of local anarchists, students from the Latin Quarter and one or two well-heeled bourgeoisie; seemed a fitting place to start.
After the obligatory jostle of tourists around the iconic Basilica Sacré-Cœur, checked out the Montmartre Museum housing Toulouse-Lautrec and a host of other famous artists’ works including the iconic Chat Noir by Théophile Steinlen, the posters now more famous than the actual night club they were promoting.
Aside from cats and rabbits, I also came across a vineyard, a floppy clock, a couple of windmills and a few more space invaders.
Vineyards beneath the Museum.
Salvadore Dali works
A bite to eat
Artists sketching tourists
One of the two remaining windmills that once stood on this hill
It’s sister – that other famous windmill in neighboring Pigalle
And more of those pesky invaders
Right. That’s Montmartre and surrounds taken care of…next?