|Statue of Saint Vincent, Patron saint of winemakers ( our favourite)|
We passed the vineyards of Montmartre, the site of which dates from Roman times. The vineyards now belong to the Mairie de Paris and the wine is sold to support social programs in Paris.
Coincidentally, March 18, 1871 was the date that the Commune of Paris began when the dissatisfied workers who had suffered during the Franco-Prussian War seized the cannon on the Butte de Montmartre and the barricades went up. Hundreds of revolutionaries were buried alive in the Montmartre gypsum mines when the government troops dynamited the exits. The workers' insurrection was suppressed in May and if you visit, Père Lachaise cemetery, you will see The Communard's Wall where 147 revolutionaries were lined up and shot. Sacré Coeur was built to celebrate a return to social and moral order.
There is so much than you can learn just wandering through the streets of any Paris neighbourhood. At the end of the day, tired and thirsty, we were happy to go home and honour St. Vincent.