National Geographic : 1950 Jul
CNES Mother Catherine's Restaurant Distills the Essence ofMontmartre Founded in1793, this restau rant on the Place duTertre may have served notables of the French Revolution. In fine weather outdoor diners throng the small tree-shaded square on the crest ofMont martre's hill, highest point in Paris. Oil lamps illuminate tables set under the trees, and wandering accordionists, for tunetellers, and portrait sketch ers circulate among the diners (pages 50,63,and 71). In summer so many tourists fre quent nocturnal Montmartre that waiters hear as much Eng lish asFrench. Sign at upper right says "Free Commune ofOld Mont martre." On April 11,1921, some painters and writers met inLeLapin Agile, arustic caba ret near here, and humorously seceded from the rest of France. Members ofthis Free Commune held fairs inthe Place duTertre and featured swimming races that took place inwagons filled with water. Joseph Modlens, Black Star ter.