I see photos of La Maison Rose in Paris on Pinterest and other places all the time and wish I’d photographed it. While looking for photos to scan last night I was happy to find this:
Suddenly it all came back. We had dinner there with our friends after traipsing all over Montmartre that afternoon. Actually, we were exhausted. After doing a walking tour that was mostly uphill, we took all the steps of Sacre Coeur and climbed to the top for views of Paris. (Nearly 400 steps in all.)
This dinner was such a nice reward: great food on a beautiful evening with stunning views. Not sure if you can tell, but the sidewalk tables and chairs are on an incline. I remember feeling like my chair might fall backwards at one point, but it didn’t.
I did a bit of research and learned that Picasso frequented this restaurant, and a Germaine Garballo lived here for 40 years. She was the woman over whom Picasso’s best friend Carlos Casagemas killed himself. Gargallo was depicted in Picasso’s 1905 painting “Au Lapin Agile.”
I photographed Au Lapin Agile on the same day:
I shot this when the cabaret was closed in the early afternoon. Incidentally, Lapin Agile means “nimble rabbit.”
Hope your week’s going well so far.