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Moulins de Montmartre


Last year, when in Paris, we stayed in an apartment in Rue Lepic in Montmartre. Just across the road was a windmill called Moulin de la Galette.

Moulin de Galettes (day)

It turned out this was quite an historic and well known windmill (maybe not quite as well known as the one at the foot of the hill…Le Moulin Rouge) and had been the inspiration for paintings by such artists as Van Gogh (although I’ve just discovered that Van Gogh actually lived in Rue Lepic …at number 54, I stayed in Number 82) and Gustav Renoir’s famous painting Le Bal Du Moulin De La Galette

Now it’s a restaurant .  I can’t vouch for it as we didn’t dine there… maybe the next stay in a few weeks time (subtle hint to Peter) but back to history. I couldn’t find out much about the windmill over the internet but I learnt that originally there were 14 mills which made up “Les Moulins de la Galette” and now there are just two. This one was built in 1622 as a wheat mill. In 1924 it was moved from its original site a bit further up the hill to its current situation at the corner of Girardon and Lepic Streets.. It made a picturesque outlook from my apartment window.

Moulin de Galettes (night)