Van Gogh’s Home│Montmartre. One our favorite Paris walks started at the Moulin Rouge, then up to Rue Lepic followed by a winding stroll around the hill of Montmartre. There are a number of interesting sights to see along this path. One of them is the Van Gogh brothers’ old apartment. The plaque marking the place is a little high up, so you couldn’t possibly miss it. But if you’re in the area, just look for number 54 and you’ll find the Van Gogh Home. For almost two years, between early 1886 the spring of 1888, Vincent lived with Theo in an apartment on the fourth floor at 54 Rue Lepic on the hills of Montmartre.
The plaque reads,
“Dans cette maison Vincent Van Gogh a vécu chez son frère Théo de 1886 à 1888.”
— “In this house Vincent Van Gogh lived at his brother Théo’s place from 1886 to 1888.”
We sat down at a restaurant called La Rughette, which is located just across to road from Nr.54, and a little further up Rue Lepic. The sun was out and the skies were blue, but it was slightly cool, so we sat in the direct sunlight… and soaked up the warm rays. We feasted on a massive platter of meat, cheese, butter and bread. Hmmmm…
With our bellies full, we carried on walking through this pretty neighborhood of Paris. The roads are hilly and lined with lots to look at. At the top of the hill we knew we would find Sacre-Coer.
Montmartre is a large hill in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. It is 130 metres high and gives its name to the surrounding district, part of the Right Bank in the northern section of the city.
More on our Montmartre explorations in our next Paris post.