Saturday, August 08, 2009

Dinner at Le Moulin de la Galette


You all know that on Paris Daily Photo I try not to show the usual touristy stuff. Instead I make the effort to stick to the things that the average Parisian (ie me!) does... But sometimes I also do touristy stuff, like having dinner at Le Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre. This windmill is not part of a movie set, but a real grain grinder that was used to make - among other things - galettes (a sort of rye bread pancakes) in the 1700s. The place is also famous because Renoir painted his "Bal du moulin de la Galette" in 1876 (now at Le Musée d'Orsay). Nowadays it's a restaurant and I went there for the first time in my life yesterday evening!

19 comments:

  1. That's fantastic! Is this the only working windmill left in Paris? I kind of remember hearing there was only one.

    Love the ivy, too.

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  2. Ah, Ren-waaaaaah....

    What a great night to have! Sometimes I think you should change the title of this blog to "Adventures in Paris with Eric."

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  3. Well I think there is another one in Le bois de Boulogne. But I don't know if it still works.

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  4. I never knew there was a restaurant there! Sooooo, how was the food?

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  5. Eric, you're not exactly an "average" Parisian ;) (take it as a compliment, of course!)

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  6. Very charming arch and windmill!

    Isn't it amazing how sometimes we never bother going to certain places in our cities that are so well known to tourists? It can be quite embarrassing sometimes ;)

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  7. The question is: what did you eat?!

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  8. Hey Buzz Girl, I am so happy to see you. At the PDP party in Paris a few months ago, when Phoenix Lynn asked, who has loved us and left us? I said Buzz Girl. :-) And here you are.

    Eric, it is a lovely windmill photo. I have painted one of our windmills in San Francisco. http://loissimon.com/023_23.htm

    I think windmills are so beautiful. I just adore them.

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  9. Gee Eric, I was sitting at the same table with you last night and didn't know that it was a working windmill . . .

    My food was okay but not spectacular . . . but I am picky.

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  10. Your photo certainly makes it look inviting. This is a great angle.

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  11. Coincidentally, on my last flight, I read an article detailing how to make “une galette”. Now I can relate to its beginnings! Le Moulin de la Galette.

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  12. I had a very pleasant lunch on the leafy patio there a couple of years ago.

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  13. I've heard of this place and, of course, the painting. How was the food?

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  14. I too did not know this was a restaurant. Tell us how it was, please? Very charming photo!

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  15. Eric -- I have to agree with Tomate here. But I do appreciate that you give us a taste of "everyday Paris" too. If I can't manage to get there, merci merci merci
    for providing this daily dose! I've lately done some "touristy" things I otherwise would not have, just for the blog—and it was so much fun! BTW, I'd also love to know what you ate.

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  16. it's a lovely place and good restaurant
    I had a lunch there with my family few months ago and we saw two famous French actors having lunch with other people !
    see my blog for other parisian stories ... ;)

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  17. Agree nathzed. A nice place tucked away a bit but good food and nice service. Warning if you drive there...check out parking locations before arriving. It is Montmartre after all.

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  18. Walked right there a week ago! Haven't tried the restaurant although I've had galettes and was not overwhelmed. Maybe I should give them another chance, oui?
    V

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