Francophile Friday : Carousel at Sacré Coeur Paris



Carousel Montmartre with Sacré Coeur Paris illustration © Shell Sherree all rights reserved

What do you call a Venice carousel in Paris?  A double dose of magic!

Today's illustration sees one of the prettiest carousels in Paris (aren't they all?!) and a group of furry friends patiently waiting to go for a spin as soon as they can figure out how.

It's nestled under the peaceful gaze of Sacré Coeur de Montmartre (Sacred Heart of Montmartre) where the whole of Paris is laid out below like Ernest Hemingway's Moveable Feast on a picnic blanket.  This charming Carrousel Venetien may be old, but its charms never will be.  And on that note ...

 Happy Francophile Friday to you!  PS:  This new addition to my range of Paris carousels is now available as a gorgeous fine art print ... ride on over to my studio store to find out more.




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Francophile Friday : La Maison Rose - Pretty Pink as a Picture in Paris



La Maison Rose Paris illustration © Shell Sherree all rights reserved
La Maison Rose Paris illustration © Shell Sherree all rights reserved

If this charming spot in Montmartre, Paris is looking at life through rose coloured glasses, where's the harm in that, I ask.

Today's illustration pays homage to what is surely one of the prettiest and most picturesque cafés in Paris: La Maison Rose.

Located on a corner block, this famous house-turned-café was originally the studio of a Catalan artist, Ramon Pichot, back in the early 1900s.  He counted among his friends Picasso and Dali, and married a local lass who modeled for select painters (and I imagine this is how they met and fell in love).  After returning from a Spanish trip, Pichot took a break from painting canvases to paint their home pink and turned it into a restaurant !  And so its life within the fabric of Paris's café scene began.  

With one side on rue des Saules and the other on rue de l'Abreuvoir in the 18th arrondissement, this iconic dining establishment is within a baguette's throw of Paris vineyard Vigne du Clos Montmartre, and just a short stroll along the cobblestones to the Musée de Montmartre.  There are so many beautiful sights in the area, you'll walk off your waistline in no time!  And on that note ...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!  {You can order this pretty illustration as a fine art print here. Ships worldwide. Merci, grazie, thank you.}

La Maison Rose ::: 2 rue de l'Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France


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