You can’t get Christina Aguilera’s remake of “Lady Marmalade” out of your head as you gaze at the famous Moulin Rouge, just across the street from Blanche station. But it’s a little too early in the day for absinthe and cabaret dancers. Instead, you walk down the street to experience France’s favorite past-time: sitting at a café, people watching.
The Café des Deux Moulins is just ahead on the corner of Rues Lepic and Cauchois, providing ample seating space to stare at passers-by. It’s also where your favorite French movie, Amélie, was filmed. You enjoy a delicious brunch of crêpes Suzette and fresh-squeezed orange juice while you remember the scenes of Amélie running her fingers through the grain bags and cracking crème brûlée with a spoon. When the server brings you the menu, he lingers a little too long, then asks with a stern voice, “What will you have?” To earn your next painting coordinates, you must provide a password.