Paris Always Walk

Cultural walking tours with a Parisian guide


May 06, 2020

#PARIS #COUNTDOWN #LOCKDOWN: 7 DAYS to GO

🗼Paris Always Walk🗼 Independent Tours  is offering, virtually, to  you a glimpse of the unique #Montmartre #Paris  in  #lockdown
 Countdown, starting today, May 1, 2020, till the ease of #confinement on May 11, 2020 .
 Come along- when ever will be possible for you- to #discover and #explore this bohemian quarter of #city of #love : Montmartre Village.
 Today, May 5, 2020  🗼 Paris Always Walk🗼  Independent Tours is offering you  #Paris in #lockdown view from #SacreCoeur,  never seen before, since the existence of this most visited   uphill  spot of the #city of Paris.
#Coronavirus pandemic has hit France as well. Since March 17, 2020, the country has been in #lockdown, with rather harsh restrictions , both for the protection of the population and for helping the medical staff to deal with the pretty high number of  hospitalized people.👍
 Not only doctors and nurses have been  front- line fighters, but all the workers, on back stage:  medical researchers & scientists, IT specialists, police force, electricians,  rubbish collectors,  boulangers,  firefighters,  military, pilots, bus drivers, post- office staff, farmers, and many more  food suppliers and transporters.🙌
 For all these brave🌷 people, every day, at 8pm -applauses , expressing gratitude,  all over the Montmartre  Village / Paris.🌷

 

#Confinement means restrictions.  #Parisians can go jogging or walking or working out, between 7pm and 10 am, in  #Paris. ( under ‘ La Mairie de Paris’ local rules).
It also means that the traffic has been reduced to almost zero, except  public transport and essential needs transportation. The impact on nature is highly positive. The air pollution has decreased significantly.  The air is more pure than ever, mainly on ‘ Butte Montmartre’.
In Montmartre Village on discover steadily more charming spots with typical  #Parisian lanterns and red climbing roses:
or with  double- flowered white lily (lilac), described for the first time by the #Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1778. Symbol of  #Love in many countries, even  a state flower ( #NewJersery – #USA),   in  Eastern  #European countries such as  #Greece, #Cyprus or #Lebanon is  associated with Easter celebration  and called ‘paschalia’, from  ‘ Pascha’ in #Greek language.
 At the end of the 19th century, after the Second Empire of #Napoleon III ( 1871), the booming economy gave the people of #Paris more hope for a peaceful time, with no wars: it’s the beginning of a ‘ new era’ known in the history of #Paris as ‘ La Belle Epoque’  (the Beautiful Time).
 It’s the beginning of the preparation for the ‘ Universal #Exhibition’ and of remarkable  achievements in #architecture , fashion,  artistic life, literature,  food and entertainment, today the rich cultural  #heritage of  #city of #light – 🗼
In  #Montmartre Village it is  #MoulinRouge  ( the Red Windmill) the famous #cabaret.  Considered a place of  #decadence  at the beginning (1889) ,  #MoulinRouge turned, very soon,  into an attractive- getting -together place, where song, dance, wine, music and food where making- the Parisians- flooding in.  Among them, the young, promising artist.
 Did  Moulin Rouge become one of the most well-known #cabaret , not only in #Montmartre Village  #Paris, but in the world,  thanks to  an artist, or the artist became  famous due to   Moulin Rouge?  That’s the question!🤔
Indeed, the #French  #artist   Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec ( 1864-1901), the rich -poor soul, a wealthy painter in a bohemian  Montmartre #Village, was one of the ‘ habituel de la maison’ a friend of  the dancers and singers-  on and back- stage- whom he diligently portrayed,  painted, illustrated with sincere admiration.
 
 Toulouse- Lautrec ‘s popularity was large among both Montmartrois ( people of Montmartre) and his artist fellows.
The #French post- #Impressionist  painter,  Eduard Vuillard  ( 1868-1940)  painted his friend in  ‘Toulouse- Lautrec a Villeneuve-sur- Yonne’  (1898).
One year after the opening of Moulin Rouge,  Toulouse- Lautrec painted ‘ La Dance a Moulin Rouge’  ( 1890) a vivid scene of  #French #CanCan  dance and the fashion trend of the end of the 19thC in #Paris of ‘ Belle Epoque’.
See more of 🗼Paris Always Walk🗼 photos and videos taken during the #lockdown  #Paris, visit its  Instagram / Twitter / Face Book.
Join in virtually, at the time being, 🗼Paris Always Walk🗼 Independent Tours #countdown  #lockdown.
 #staysafe
  Text& captures by  Jillian. E Andrei – Founder/ Independent Local Guide
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