Paris’ Village on a Hill
Farmguy and Farmgirl standing in front of Le mur des je t’aime or the I Love You Wall in Montmartre
A while ago, Farmguy and I spent several days in Paris. We decided to include a walking tour of Montmartre, or the “neighborhood on the hill,” which is in the 18th Arrondissement. Our first stop was the I Love You Wall, a love-themed 40 square meters (430 sq ft) wall in the Jehan Rictus garden square. The wall was created in 2000 by calligraphist Fédéric Baron and mural artist Claire Kito and is composed of 612 tiles of enameled lava, on which the phrase “I love you” is featured 311 times in 250 languages. The red splashes on the wall symbolize parts of a broken heart.
A few of the must sees in the area include the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, the vineyards, and the Montmartre museum. However, it’s also worth the time to explore the charming streets and quaint village atmosphere that Montmartre offers.
The 18th is a delightful mixture of lovely old houses and a place to discover farmers’ markets, small art galleries, and bistros. In the area of Rue Poulet toward Sacré Cœur, away from the tourists and busyness, you’ll see the quintessential Paris referred to as “the village.” It was home to many families as well as intellectuals and artists (Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, August Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pablo Picasso). Today, Montmartre continues to offer charm and an enriching variety of experiences.