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Did Picasso see fireworks near Moulin de la Galette in Paris?

Miriam writes:

“I first visited Picasso’s, much loved, Moulin de la Galette restaurant in Montmartre on a lovely July evening about six years ago. This was before I started work on my travel guide Let’s Trail Picasso. I was with business colleagues, Craig and Jean-Marc and Jean-Marc’s wife Catherine. We ate outside in the garden and had a lovely time in this very charming restaurant which serves delicious French food. When dinner was over and it was starting to get dark we made our way to the steps of the Sacre Coeur which overlooks all of Paris. It was the evening   before Bastille Day and the tradition is that every town within the greater Paris area holds a fireworks display that evening. What a sight! Because Montmartre is the highest point in Paris we were overlooking a huge area of the city. Every few minutes fireworks would go off somewhere below us; one display more spectacular than the next. The area was thronged with spectators who had come to Montmartre to see these displays and the resulting atmosphere was tremendous. Serendipity to be in Paris on that evening and to have the opportunity to visit Picasso’s hang out and to be so well entertained afterwards”

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Le Moulin de la Galette, le restaurant historique de Montmartre à Paris http://www.lemoulindelagalette.fr/en/#.UpYI3A1bYvw.twitter

Moulin de la Galette

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Cadaques and Dali’s Phallic shaped swimming pool

Miriam writes:

“I featured Cadaques in Let’s Trail Picasso , not because it was central to his life, although he had holidayed there, but because I think it is a magical place, one of the best holiday locations ever. I had never heard of Cadaques  until my friend Anna, knowing that Jack and I were planning to drive to Spain, suggested a stop off there on the way. It is just over the border from France but be warned you have to drive over two mountain ranges to get there. I’m a bad passenger at the best of time but this journey was really hairy. Luckily we were in a right hand drive car which placed me in the centre of the road rather than overlooking the perilous drops as we crossed the mountains. But it was worth it! It’s a gorgeous little town with spectacular scenery. Dali lived just outside it in Port Lligat and the view of the bay from his house is featured in lots of his work. His house is so quirky that it is really hard to imagine anyone normal living in it (well I suppose he wasn’t exactly an average person). It features a phallic shaped swimming pool, sofas fashioned after Mae West’s lips and lots and lots of weird and wonderful decorations. A must see if you’re anywhere in that direction. It’s quite close to Barcelona so you could incorporate it into a visit to that wonderful city”.

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Els 4Gats, Picasso’s favourite restaurant in Barcelona

MB blogged this as she left Barca (Barcelona):

Jack and I went to Els 4Gats for lunch when we were in Barcelona researching for Let’s Trail Picasso. It was great fun. The restaurant is situated in a narrow street in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter. It is set on two levels and we were placed on the Mezzanine floor giving us a great view of the place. The decor is just as it was in Picasso’s time with multicoloured tiles, antique chandeliers and reproductions of Picasso’s work lining the walls and decorating the place mats and the menu. The A la Carte menu wasn’t cheap but the fixed menu was good value. The food was very Spanish, a bit oily for our liking but tasty nonetheless. Our waiter was a middle aged man and at first seemed quite unfriendly, slapping the menus on the table and grunting at us when requesting our orders. But he redeemed himself by jokingly giving me Jack’s large beer and him my wine and generally lightening up as our meal progressed. There was a great buzz about the place even if most of the customers were Japanese tourists and not avant garde artists and writers. Well worth a visit and was a great addition to our themed weekend in Barcelona.

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Menu cover Els 4Gats

Menu cover Els 4Gats

 

The view from inside

The view from inside

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Picasso, Golf and Cava in Malaga

Miriam, who created “Let’s Trail Picasso” blogged this:

“Jack and I have friends who have an apartment in Mijas in Southern Spain and we sometimes stay with them there and play golf together. While I was researching Let’s Trail Picasso we went to stay with them for a weekend. While the boys played golf, we girls took the train from Fuengirola into Malaga (great value the train just costs a little over a euro). It was about a half hours walk to the old part of Malaga where most of the sites on the trail are located; as it wasn’t too hot the walk was very pleasant. We had a lovely day visiting all the Picasso related sites and soaking up the atmosphere of this interesting   city. Our favourite stop was at the Picasso Museum where we really enjoyed viewing his works and also the Phoenician ruins which were discovered during renovations there. Later on in the day we made time for a glass of Cava and some tapas. A great day, we agreed it was much better than golf!”

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