I love Montmartre,
this beautiful, hilly, cobblestoned, section
of Paris. There are artists everywhere. Artist out the yingyang (French
for lots of artists). Kiki, when you visited this part of Paris, did
you have to beat the artists off with a stick? No? Well, you do now.
of these artists could make carnival sideshow barkers look like monks
who've taken a vow of silence and retreated from society.
If you accidently walk toward an artist on the street, your portrait
is half finished before you can say "no thanks monsieur."
God forbid you should make eye contact.
I asked a
local how far it was to the Sacre Coeur Basilica and he said "about
3 portraits and a caricature from here." Oh well, everybody's gotta
make a living.
The Arc de Triomphe
In the Montmartre section
of Paris is a great neighborhood centered around Place
du Tertre (above). Oh look! It's the Url's Internet Cafe Graphics
Control Officer, John Tollett, sitting on the terrasse with his
PowerBook G3. He's chatting with Rolf, a Norwegian-born artist.
Twenty years ago Rolf was in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
York City, copying a Masterpiece, when a young lady told him he
could do well in Montmartre. He's been here ever since. If he believed
everything John told him, he'll have a Macintosh and be a web designer
by the next time I get to Paris.
John's brother had a
French teacher in college who complained after a trip to Paris that
there was a noticeable absense of accordian music in the Paris streets,
a stereotype she had learned to expect from watching old Hollywood
movies. As you can see, we did not suffer this cultural disadvantage.
Ya just gotta know where ta go.
I borrowed John's PowerBook
and did my own painting of Place
I give Montmartre an
"A" for Parisian atmosphere and ambience. It's almost
like being there.