This was june 21st, and the ritual "fête de la musique" all over the country ( and most of Europe ) . Warm day . Is this going to be a hot summer again ? The streets are crowded , not a day to drive around , even to ride around . I went alone, B. being busy, and headed for Montmartre , parked the motorbike Place d'Anvers , near Avenue Trudaine, between 9 and 10 pm . Not only because of the crowds , but mayor Delanoe is building little Berlin walls on major streets of the town , and traffic is now erratic on Bd Rochechouart .
Whatever , here I am, on foot and taking this, or that street to try my luck.... Here, as for the first pic , we are in front of " Chez Camille" , a nice little café on rue Ravignan, a steepy street of Montmartre . This café is a nice place to stop on an ordinary day , and today it was also a very nice spot to enjoy the music and the good vibrations . It has a rickety tiny little wooden terrace where you can sit and observe the life down on the street... Tonight , there is goood music here , and the atmosphère is....cool . I heard the street in front of the café was full from 7 pm to 3 am that night . Can understand that . But I moved, and wandered around .
This is at a little higher altitude , on rue Maurice Utrillo , not a street, actually , but stairs , in the typical montmartre style . The DJ here has some success, and watching people dance with the Sacré Coeur in the background is pleasant, I thought I might have a nice shot . Just before , I had paused a while sitting on the stairs in front of the Sacré Coeur, looking at the lights of Paris with the moon clearly visible on the left, hovering above the roofs . The place was probably hot in the afternoon , but, if not cool now, was beginning to be bearable .
This truck was parked on rue Feutrier on the eastern side of the Sacré Coeur , and due to important immigrant population in the vicinity , the public was mostly 2nd generation immigrants . In the back of the truck , a DJ with his sound system . There was a pile of oriental, north african maybe, loafs and pastries on a table , from a foodstore nearby, and lots of children and teenagers around. Music was something close to Hip-Hop, if I remember ...
This is... let me find out on the plan, I know the streets , but not always their names : Rue de Steinkerque , right under the Sacré Coeur . Rested a while at this café to listen to this lone guitar player/singer with french classics on his repertoire . Two young north american visitors, in front of me .