There are few places I enjoy wandering around more than Montmartre. With its cobbled streets and misshapen buildings, it’s like stepping back into old Paris. You can almost see the city how the artists and writers of the 1920s envisioned Paris. Picasso, Van Gogh, and Renoir all found Montmartre as their muse. Painting in ‘plein air’ (outdoors) and enjoying wine and cafés in the districts various cafés and brasseries.
Place Dalida: the Prettiest Square in Paris.
But if there’s one place where you really want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Parisian life, and even the flocks of tourists in Montmartre it’s Place Dalida. Situated near the Clos de Montmartre (Montmartre Vineyard), it’s a pretty secluded square on the fringes of the district.
Place Dalida was actually named after a real life Dalida; famous singer and actress who performed in up to ten different languages. She gained international viral fame at the tender age of 19 following her smash hit, Madona.
Italian and Egyptian by birth, she finally acquired French citizenship upon her marriage to Lucien Morisse. Born Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti, she performed in countries all over the world and was known for her talent and likable personality.
Sadly, her personal life was filled with tragedy; many of her friends died by suicide or died in terrible accidents. Dalida herself attempted suicide on more than one occasion. Tragically she committed suicide at the age of 54 in 1987. Dalida’s final resting place is the cemetery of Montmartre, barely a few hundred meters from where Place Dalida is to be found today.
Place Dalida sits at the intersections between rue Girardon and rue de l’Abreuvoir. It’s a tranquil place; full of leafy greens in the summer and breathtaking views come winter. There’s a bust dedicated to Dalida and a bench to sit and ponder. Local legend has it that, if you touch the bust of Dalida, you’ll be rewarded with plenty of good luck.
Rue de l’Abreuvoir
Of course, as well as being home to a bust of the singer Dalida and where you can find a quiet and relaxing bench where you can sit and watch the world go by, Place Dalida also offers one of the best views of the Sacre-Coeur.
After all, the square leads onto the charming rue de l’Abreuvoir, along which you’ll find the iconic café and restaurant, la Maison Rose. Once visited by Picasso himself, this cobbled road is perfect for photography lovers and is also one of the best places to enjoy wisteria in Paris during the late spring time (typically in the month of May).
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