Street scene in front of la Basilique de Sacré Coeur at the summit of Butte Montmartre overlooking Paris. To the left of the basilica is Place du Tertre, the former village square of Montmartre where artists such as Salvador Dalí, Maurice Utrillo, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent van Gogh and writers such as Langston Hughes once lived and worked.
Today, a mixture of local workers, street artists, tourists, gypsys, and pickpockets mingle in the square and are the current players in Montmartre’s street life. In La Bohème, perhaps the best-known song by popular singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour, a painter recalls his youthful years in a Montmartre that has ceased to exist. The song is a farewell to what, according to Aznavour, were the last days of Montmartre as a site of bohemian activity.
But the view from the summit is still spectacular and life on the street goes on…
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