Suggestion number two: have your holiday portrait painted at the Place du Tertre in Montmartre
In keeping with yesterday's theme of Christmas presents for hard to please Francophiles, I was pleased to discover this artist at the Place du Tertre whose drawing actually resembles his subject. So, how about having a portrait done of yourself? To ensure that it looks like you and not a distant cousin, spend some time observing the different artists at work. Select one, agree on a price, take a seat and be prepared for tourists (and bloggers!) to take your photo. After all, you're part of the charm of this square that is the heart of Montmartre.
Let's get a cup of vin chaud (mulled wine) and go for a stroll. Thanks to the grey sky and cold weather, the Place du Tertre is just how I like it - pleasantly free of crowds.
Insider's tip: If you would like to have a drink at one of the cafes at the Place du Tertre, be sure to check the prices on the menu first. They can be outrageously expensive.
|Waiting for a customer. Even if it's not vin chaud, a hot drink tastes good on a chilly Parisian day.|
|Francophiles love paintings of the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge or anything that reminds them of their last trip to Paris.|
|Who cares about the quality of his work - with his paint splattered pants, red scarf, |
and jaunty black beret this man is the quintessential Parisian painter.
|After dark at the Place du Tertre. Time to pack up and go home...or to the nearest cafe.|