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 Close 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
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 committed suicides 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. Her final resting place is the cemetery of Montmartre, barely a few hundred meters from Place Dalida.
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.
Rue de L’Abreuvoir: The prettiest Road in Paris
Interconnected with the prettiest square in Paris is easily the prettiest road the city of love has to offer. With trailing vines and the type of architecture that you can only find in this neighbourhood, be sure to add Rue de L’Abreuvoir to your Parisian bucket list!
Situated in the very heart of the 18e arrondissement, looking up this road you’ll find the Maison Rose and even a glimpse of the Sacré-Coeur. As well as winning the title of ‘prettiest road in Paris’, Rue de L’Aubreuvoir may well win the title of one of the oldest.
First mentioned in 1325 as ‘ruelle qui va au but’ (road which goes to the end), the road was renamed in the 19th Century. Thanks to the ancient ‘abreuvoir’ (or ‘watering trough‘ in English), which still stands to this day, the road has kept its name ever since. However, as you can see from the comparison of the vintage and modern photos, not much else has changed!