It was in November 2006 . My camera was a canon A700 point and shoot, the weather – rainy , from where the noise in some of the pictures.
We arrived by bus, and the the first thing I saw from Paris was the Elysee Montmartre concert hall. There was a place across the street for the bus to stop and I was happy to jump outside and discover the city. Look at this opulent facade! If only it could talk – imagine all the stories it could tell. A couple of blocks away is the famous Moulin Rouge.
The Elysee Montmartre venue itself is a horror for musicians. You have to carry the whole equipment through the street in the middle of driving cars, as you are not allowed to park directly in front of it. Than everything goes one floor up, and the access is only through steep stairs. The place is rather high than spacious. Side rooms are small with ceilings over 4 m. Cold buffet included cockroaches walking among the plates. Ummm, thanks ! I’ll eat elsewhere. Welcome in the big city.
Holy Moses were in the house .
After turning left and following an ascending colorful side street – the Rue de Steinkerque , full of little ethno shops and food of all kind , here it is – the Butte de Montmartre / Montmartre hill and the famous Sacred-Heart basilica . Endless stairs lead you to the top and souvenir merchants are there even in the rain to offer you necklaces.
I was lucky to be there for the blue hour .
Once at the top, you have the whole city at your feet.
The Basilica was closed at that hour so I took the stairs on my way back.