☆ Place du Tertre ☆
Montmartre, with its restaurant terraces and artists’ easels and portrait painters, who share 140 allotted spaces – 1 sq.m. for two artists working alternately..
But the historic village square merits a little tour..
The commune of Montmartre established its town hall at No 3, in 1790; No 19 is the headquarters of the Commune libre du Vieux Montmartre, which organises fun events and was founded in 1920..
Another institution is the café Chez la mère Catherine where the word ‘bistro’ was said to have originated, in 1814..
“Hurry” cried the occupying Russian soldiers, eager to down a drink before rejoining their ranks..
The waitresses thought they were simply asking for something to drink..
Standing serenely at the centre of all this activity, the adjoining church of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre conceals the Roman vestiges of the Abbaye des Dames..