Friday, April 15, 2016

A-Z Challenge: M is for Moulin

Moulin means Windmill, and at one time over thirty windmills dotted the hill of Montmartre with their graceful arms circling overhead.

Today, two windmills remain, the Moulin Radet and the Moulin Blute-Fin, both on the same hill near Rue Lepic.

When I visited Paris in 2011, I could not stop taking pictures of these statuesque antiques. I consider these monuments as iconic as the Eiffel Tower.

Montmartre was home to several 19th century artists, and many captured the moulins in their paintings. I particularly enjoy those of Van Gogh (all photos taken from wikipedia) :

The Hill of Montmartre

Moulin de Blute-Fin

Moulin de la Galette

Of course my absolute favorite painting, and one that features prominently in my novel, is Renoir's Bal du Moulin de la Galette. Each Sunday the restaurant would sponsor a dance for the neighborhood. It was a joyous occasion for all to relax and socialize with one another. I cannot help but smile every time I gaze upon this masterpiece
Renoir's Moulin de la Galette

I was so taken by this painting that I vowed to have Sunday lunch at this famous landmark. I requested a patio seat, so I could imagine being a part of the outdoor party. I ordered a typical French meal of troute almondine aver haricots verts. I even splurged on a decadent raspberry napoleon. I carried on a conversation with the woman seated next to me. She even complimented me on my French. It was a very special afternoon.
The restaurant today on Rue Lepic


  1. I didn't know that moulin meant windmill - it explains the windmill on the Moulin Rouge (I'd wondered about the connection) I've been to Montmartre and didn't notice any windmills - if I ever get back to Paris I'll be keeping my eyes peeled! Leanne @ cresting the hill

    1. There are only two left - but they are quite visible, now that you know to look for them :)

  2. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon! And the food sounds delicious :)

  3. That is such a classic Renoir painting. Your lunch sounds wonderful - that would have been such a fun thing to do.

    Cheers - Ellen |

    1. It was the highlight of the two week trip. I left out the part of the woman dining with her Standard Poodle - that is the subject of another post :)

  4. That sounds really special.
    And I didn't know there were so many windmills in Paris :-)

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