Thursday, July 13, 2006

Au Moulin Vert

After the famous Moulin rouge, here is the Moulin Vert (green windmill), a restaurant located rue des Plantes, in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. At the end of the 18th century, there were still around 30 windmills in this area of Paris. This one takes its name from one of these such windmills that was turned into a "guinguette” (an open-air café often situated near a river). You may be familiar with this painting by Renoir that illustrates better the concept of a guinguette than I possibly could.

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  1. Aww... how cute is that?!! You think you know Paris, and there it is, around the corner, a "new" thing you never knew existed. Thanks Eric!

  2. Hi Eric,
    I love Paris and fortunately have been there for the third time last week. This time I "discovered" the amazing Jardin du Luxembourg (thanks to Hemingway's A Moveable Feast). This is my number one in the whish list.

  3. Though I like this one, I'm so glad you took a break from the breathtakingly beautiful old buildings around Paris! You and Arnaud have been killing me with beauty lately!!! (Not that that's a bad thing. If I were to die right now I'd rather it be at a beautiful location or by being smothered by a [few] beautiful men or women [or both]!)

  4. I was familiar with the painting, but not the guinguette.

  5. Lovely...I could use a "guignette" right now..LOL!! The night photo of the Conciergerie was beautiful, it brought back many a memory of evening strolls along the Seine! Joyeux Fete Nationale Eric!! kpgallant

  6. Personally, as soon as I read it was a restaurant, I jumped right over to see their menu.

    I think I'll start with the croustillant de chèvre chaud sur lit de salade;

    Then for my main dish, a magret de canard entier aux fruits rouges;

    And top it all off with a desserts of nougat glacé et son coulis framboise.

    And of course, bring me a bottle of Saumur Champigny! But at a price of 24.80 (euro), it's a bit cher for this wine.

    Oh I forgot to say, s'il vous plait Eric.

  7. Well, 1000 mercis Eric and Haxo Station ! I didn't know this place at all. I should think about explorating the Rive Gauche from time to time !!!

  8. guinguette......that's one of the many things that makes Paris so charming ;-)

  9. Hehehe that windmill looks so cute! And the menu sounds wonderful...based on what Michael says...

  10. Eric, your moulin has given me a little idea for tomorrow's photo (if it doesn't rain today I'll try to snap it for you).

    And for a really GREAT photo of Eric and our wonderful Buenos Aires Daily Photo blogger now on European holiday, check out
    (this is her current link--the one in the wiki is an older one).

  11. Very nice, Eric. Love the Renoir painting too!

    Michael - Hope you won't mind if I join you for dinner; I'll have:
    - The soupe du pêcheur, rouille et croûtons
    - The noisettes d'agneau rôties à la fleur de thym
    and, for dessert,
    - The crêpes farcies aux poires et son alcool.

    Maybe Eric will be able to join us as well.

  12. You guys are killing me with the menu discussion. Tonight, I'm rushing home to grab a quick chicken sandwich. Mmm. But, that's because the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is throwing a party for Rembrandt's 400th birthday. Tomorrow is Bastille Day at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Alliance Fraincaise, so dinner will be a bit better. The painting, Moulin de la Galette, is one of my favorites in the Musee d'Orsay. I'll remember the Moulin Vert next time.

  13. LOL know, some things DO take priority here!

    On another note, has anybody heard if there will be a Paris Plage this year? I haven't been by the river to see and I haven't heard anything...

  14. michael...Paris Plage begins 20 juillet!

    Paris Plages 2006

    Paris Plages 2006 se parfume au tiaré

    Du 20 juillet au 20 août, fleurs de tiaré, cocotiers et palmiers vous attendent pour cette édition 2006 de Paris Plages qui a pour invitée d'honneur la Polynésie Française ! Grande nouveauté cette année : on connaissait Paris Plage rive droite, vous allez découvrir Paris Plage rive gauche, située autour de la nouvelle piscine flottante du Port de la Gare et de la tout aussi nouvelle passerelle Simone de Beauvoir. Un bateau fera la navette pour passer d'une rive à l'autre.

  15. Forget the soupe, forget the canard - all I want is the Ile Flottante!

    Great tip on the restaurant, Eric. We'll have to remember it.

  16. Yum Suzy! And I even read somewhere recently that Ile Flottante isn't half bad if one is on a diet.

    Watched the parade on television today, but could see the jets flying over the Champs Elysées from my windows. Always a cool site!

  17. I say briefly: Best! Useful information. Good job guys.