|Paris' last remaining vineyard, Montmartre|
The city's residents, both young and old, are noticeably friendlier, more “cool” and “zen” as the French themselves put it, during August. Sure, some of the cafés and restaurants (and seemingly all of the boulangeries) pull down their shutters for the month, but just as many stay open. And though the main tourist sites – the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré Coeur, Paris Plage – still teem with foreign visitors, the morning streets are deserted.
|Le Lapin Agile, Montmartre|
|View of the Sacré Coeur from |
the Culturissma Paris office
Van Gogh lived on Lepic with his brother Théo, and Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec had studios nearby. The windmill known as the Moulin de la Galette – immortalised by both Renoir and Van Gogh – can still be seen and, if one looks closely, it’s still possible to make out the remains of one of France’s earliest observatories.
One Christmas Eve over a hundred years ago a young Parisian by the name of Louis had a bet with his friends that would change the French landscape for ever: he wagered that he could climb all the way to the top of Lepic in a new vehicle he had designed, the first ever driven by a gearbox. Louis won his bet – and his surname was soon to become famous throughout France and cross the world: Renault.
|The view from Culturissima's office this evening|