27.3.09

Something more from Montmartre

I have already made a number of posts on Montmartre, as well on this blog as on my previous one. Here are some more views from a walk in the area last Sunday. Some kids were playing football / soccer in one of the calm, not tourist-invaded, streets... and there are many of those.

There are some addresses which may be interesting, some of which perhaps offer a different view of Montmartre.

At no. 58 on Boulevard Clichy (you can see the “Moulin Rouge” in the far background) there is a building and a spectacular entrance (closed, but with a bit of luck you manage to get in) with an impressing court yard inside. It's referred to under the name of "Villa des Platanes". Some beautiful stairs, statues, some green areas.... On one of the walls there are some sculptures which refer to battles during the “Commune” in 1871, which were very violent on this place. The present building dates from 1896. At no. 48 of the same street, you will find a small alley called “Cité du Midi”. Among other old buildings there is one with the inscription “Bains Douches Pigalle”, public “shower-baths”, now closed. (Most people have their own bathrooms today!) Another closed (but rather easily opened) entrance can be found at no. 40 Rue Durantin. The court yard is quite impressive and goes under the name “Cour aux Juifs”, probably due to some Jewish community having lived here. It seems that this used to be a passage leading to the street behind, Rue Lepic, before the building in the farther end was constructed. “Impasse Marie-Blanche” is another small alley. It has a rather surprising building in some kind of neo-gothic style, however dating from late 19th century. It goes under the name “Castel Eymounaud” after its first owner, a furniture manufacturer who also exposed his works here. During my walk I took some other pictures, here and there in Montmartre, to add to the ones in my previous posts. I wish you a nice weekend!

56 comments:

Dakota Bear said...

As always thank you Peter for the tour.

Cezar and Léia said...

Olá Peter!
Five things:

*I'm glad to know people have their own bathrooms today! LOL In fact I always love these nostalgic century but I think I couldn't bear this life without my own bathroom!
*I did love all details in the pictures!
*There is a keen fellow cat climbing the stairs!Cute!
*Caves des Abbesses!hum sounds good!

Great Post!
and have a great weekend too!

By the way...você está entendendo muito bem meu Portugues! Parabéns!

Léia :-)

James said...

As always thanks for the pictures.

Catherine said...

Les petits Poulbots jouant au ballon dans la rue dépeignent à eux seuls l'ambiance authentique du "village".
Tout le reste de ton post est du bonus qui confirme l'esprit provincial. Je suis passée devant chaque entrée, chaque devanture...
Et la plupart des anecdotes que tu dévoiles m'étaient inconnues. Vivement la retraite que je passe mon temps à apprendre. En attendant, je viendrai aux renseignements sur ton blog.

Concernant ton com. : Je regrette effectivement un fameux meuble de mon arrière grand-mère qui a disparu dans les minutes qui ont suivi son dépot sur le trottoir. Je le regrette d'autant plus que je me doute qu'il a fait le bonheur de quelqu'un ! Qu'est ce qui m'a pris ce jour là ?
Euh ! Peter, si tu pouvais me le rapporter maintenant que je sais que c'est TOI qu'es passé par là !

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art said...

Thanks for the visual/verbal tour. Quite satisfying, as usual. Also, did I happen to spot another "Amélie" landmark (red overhang)?

rauf said...

Tourist invasion is something you have to bear Peter, because you live in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, which is modern at the same time retains history. a very rare mixture. i have seen Paris only in the movies like James Bond, Steve Martin's Pink Panther, Da Vinci code or Moulin Rouge to name a few.
Volumes can be written on the history of arts crafts music and literature inspired by the charm of the city. It was a literal paradise for Oscar Wilde. Thank you for taking us to the places which a normal tourist would ignore.

Keshi said...

As always, ur fab with ur pics!

Im bak Peter :) ty for ur comment in my blog!

Keshi.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Wonderful photo tour Peter! Thanks very much! The picture of the kids reminded me of my own days in school when I used to play soccer!

Do have a wonderful weekend!

lyliane said...

Tu n'a pas pris ces photos hier vu le temps, car j'étais dans le coin.
Tu t'entraines sur les escaliers de la butte pour garder ta forme et ton souffle? Puis repos dans ces cours insoupçonnées et si calmes, les petites maisons de l'impasse Marie Blanche me font penser aux corons du Nord avec leurs briques rouges et leur alignement.

SusuPetal said...

It looks like spring in your photos!

It was -10 degrees in the morning in Helsinki....

Have a nice weekend, Peter.

Bettina said...

I love to walk around Montmartre. It's such a lovely quartier.
Your lovely photos really makes the spirit of it all come through.
Thank you !

Olivier said...

on retrouve le Paris de Doisneau...Les célèbres bains/douches municipales...c'est vraiment un endroit à part de Paris. C'est une superbe balade a travers tes photos

claude said...

After un Promenade Romaine, Une dans Montmartre. Superbes photos Peter, comme d'hab. Lorsque j'étais à l'Ecole, avenue Parmentier, nous allions une fois par semaine aux bains-douches, mais je ne sais pas lesquels.

hpy said...

C'est vraiment un quartier à part, Montmartre. Ou devrais-je dire DES quartiers à part? J'ai reconnu quelques endroits, et pourtant je ne me suis pas assez promenée dans ce quartier.

Adam said...

Keep pushing open those gates Peter - you have made some superb finds here! The Cour aux Juifs is very interesting.

I walked past the 'Castel Eymounaud' and wondered what it was. It looks like something you'd find at Disneyland, but I saw that it is open during the Journées de la Patrimoine. Perhaps somewhere worth visiting then.

The Bains Douches here are picturesque, but as you know Peter, there are still several of these open and in use in the city and still many people without their own bathroom.

Cergie said...

Il me plait le Montmartre que tu montres auj à l'image de la photo d’accroche, de celle au chat, ou celle des toits avec échappée. Des escaliers des impasses, des lieux historiques mais habités par des gens qui y mangent qui y dorment qui y font des enfants, qui se salissent et se lavent.
Au fait, les bains douches "Pigalle " sont-ils toujours en service ?

Cezar and Léia said...

Clarifying the fifth thing is about Portuguese!
:-) Léia

richard said...

I like this post - it has a nice wandering, exploring feel about it. And such that we have discoveries. Some nice photos as well. If you could somehow take the cars out of the first one (or replace them!), and B+W it, it could be Ronis' street kids. I liked the stairs with the cat centre stage,and the last one, with the skyline.

alice said...

Le Paris de Doisneau...

Thérèse said...

Tiens une fille dans le tas des enfants de la Butte...
Une belle panoplie de photos sur la Vie.

Catherine said...

Tu as raison Peter, "sisterhood" ne conviendrait pas, et brotherhood sonne une peu trop "frères d'armes". Alors, pourquoi ne prendrais tu pas un "I love this blog" ou "Friendship-quelque-chose" que tu n'aurais pas encore dans ta collec. : )
C'est toujours plus facile de les recevoir que de les redistribuer.
Je sais que certains fuient ce genre de remise de prix comme la peste, c'est pourquoi je fais libre distribution.
Restons Di-plo-mate.

oldmanlincoln said...

Excellent, as usual, Peter. I enjoyed this post and the photographs were or are excellent.

Virginia said...

Looks like I will be taking more photographs in Montmartre this visit. I especially love the very last photo of the rooftops. That is a beautiful shot Peter.
Wow!
V

april said...

And again you have discovered places and details which are astonishing to see, e.g. the bath. I know that there is a very un-touristic side of Montmartre but it's not so easy to find.

Starman said...

If you "expose your works" in the US, it usually results in a jail term.

Eddy said...

Tout un quartier que je connais bien Peter et encore mieux grace à toi.
Tu as pu voir comme l'on est propre dans le XVIIIème (bains -douches ...)
Et la célèbre maison Collignon où notre Amélie Poulain nationale va faire ses courses.
Bravo et merci.

Cuckoo said...

This post has something different.... starting from kids playing.

lol@ppl having their own bathroom !!

Have a nice weekend Peter.

Bergson said...

encore un village où les enfants jouent dans la rue

Kate said...

I find your first photo of the childen particuarly appealing. Kids doing what children do the world over, playing games, is a beautiful scene!!

Michelle said...

Love, love your pictures as always. I haven't blogged in a week. I have been so busy. I started working out and got a new Iphone. I really like the first pic of the kids. It's fun to see what the are dressing like over there. Have a great weekend. :)

ALAIN said...

La fille joue les gardiens de but on dirait, ou alors, elle fait le public.

Très bel instantané.

Azer Mantessa said...

the first picture with children playing is lively :-)

coincidently, i can hear my 10-year old son shouting while playing football with his friends outside. he is quite bossy ... yikes.

leejatta said...

Amazing to walk with you seeing all those details clearer than ever in person, when I felt tired and lost in Montmartre :)

I wish you a wonderful weekend !

Ruth said...

Montmarte's joys are tight and close, every inch is utilized to advantage. I know I have been on rue Lepic for some reason, but I can't remember what.

The last photo made me groan, it is so beautiful! That's another joy of Montmarte: the views.

Thank you.

Lara said...

such a charming place! and, as always, you capture it so well! thank you for your support in the blog theft matter!

Ash said...

Interesting images, as always!
Have a nice weekend!!

JM said...

I'm impressed with nº.58, Villa des Platanes! The shots of this stunning place make the most fantastic collage!
Have a great weekend too!

krystyna said...

Have a wonderful and happy weekend!

Thank you for beautiful tour!
So beautiful!

Peter said...

Dakota Bear:
As always, a pleasure!

Léia:
Thakks for your compliments about my understanding of Portuguese! (So far I have been lucky!) :-)

James:
A pleasure! :-)

Peter said...

Catherine:
Ce n'est pas moi!! :-) Si tu ne me crois pas ur parole, tu peux passer! :-)

Oui, on est bien à la retraite, déjà les premières années! Ensuite on verra.

SparkleMirror:
Yes, that's right. That's where she bought her fruit and vegatables! :-)

Rauf:
So happy to find you on my blog, already for a virtual Paris visit! :-) One day, soon I hope, you will come here ... and one day I MUST visit your country! :-)

Peter said...

Keshi:
Good! You finally didn't leave for too long! I will be back to your blog soonest! :-)

Rakesh:
So, you di not only play cricket? :-)

Lyliane:
Tu ne perds jamais ton Nord! :-)

Peter said...

SusuPetal:
The spring could be warmer, but somehow it's here! :-)

Bettina:
Soon you will be able to make a new tour! :-)

Olivier:
... sauf que je n'ai pas encore la classe de Doisneau... et que mes photos sont en couleurs! :-)

Peter said...

Claude:
Si tu trouves l'adresse de tes bains - douches, j'irai faire un tour pour voir! :-)

hpy:
Le quartier t'attend! :-)

Adam:
I also noticed that it's open for visits as you indicate. I wonder if the interior is interesting? Juest behind the entrance door (which was open for a moment) it looked as it has been remade. Maybe I should have a look after all a cloudy summer day? :-)

Peter said...

Cergie:
Oui, c'est fermé. Je ne sais pas depuis quand, mais surement depuis des années! :-)

Léia (bis):
Once more I had managed to understand! :-)

Peter said...

Richard:
If you look at my blog on Monday, you will maybe get a small b&w surprise! Everything to please you! :-)

Alice:
:-)

Thérèse:
Le filles ne sont pas encore aussi "foot" que les garçons, mais àa vient! :-)

Peter said...

Catherine (bis:
Merci, ma chère diplomate! :-)

Oldmanlincoln:
Thanks a lot! :-)

Virginia:
Shall we meet on the top? :-)

Peter said...

April:
Would you let me lead the way next time in Paris? :-)

Starman:
Jail? What have I done? :-( :-)

Eddy:
... et je suis sur que beaucoup des coins sont encore à découvrir! :-)

Peter said...

Cuckoo:
Tha same to you (for what rests of the weekend)! :-)

Bergson:
Comme dans un petit village! :-)

Kate:
Only the games may change! :-)

Peter said...

Alain:
Elle faisait public... mais je crois qu'elle avait envie de participer! :-)

Azer:
A future red devil? :-)

leejatta:
You have to do it slowly... especially upwards! :-)

Peter said...

Ruth:
Perhaps just for the pleasure of walking it up? (... or down?) :-)

Lara:
An incredible theft story! :-)

Ash:
The same to you! (Well we are already Sunday afternoon, but anyhow!) :-)

Peter said...

JM:
Sometimes you get some nice surprises when you manage to push the gates! :-)

Krystyna:
Thanks! ... and thanks for taking the time to visit me! :-)

Michelle said...

Hi Peter. Thanks for visiting my blog. I left a reply there but you may not get back there, so I will repeat it here with a few minor changes.

I've actually been checking into your blog for a while. It is my favourite Paris photography blog. I love the way you include the maps with your beautiful photographs.

The language is coming slowly. It may be a while before I get to Paris for anything other than a long holiday. But then again, life does move in mysterious ways!
Take care
Michelle

GMG said...

Hi Peter! Montmartre is special. Of course, sometimes one may feel that there is still a «touristy American» feeling in the air, but, with Gershwin and Kelly, even that is forgiven... The amazing thing is that, after so many times, there is always a new corner/detail to discover. And you always manage to open the closed doors... Great job!!
Ah, and it's worth mentionning that Utrillo's sky was much bluer than yours... ;))
Have a great week!
Gil

Peter said...

Michelle:
Nice that we have found each other! Don't forget to contact me when you coome back to Paris, for a longer or shorter stay! :-)

GMG:
As you say, there is alway something new to discover, also close to where you live! :-)

Dusty Lens said...

wonderful photos, my favorite is children playing football. Maybe the future players of World Cup.

Virginia said...

Peter,
That might be a possibility if it doesn't require many, many steps. HA That remains to be seen. Looking forward to many new places. At last... some time to explore and enjoy!!!
V