Mon 13 Oct 2008
In the little visited 13th arrondissement known mostly for its China Town, is an interesting area called Butte aux Cailles. It is mostly a working class environment but is full of some very nice places to eat and it is lovely place in which to stroll around.
The day I was up there (a butte is a hill) they were celebrating the Commune which was an uprising in 1871 by the workers of Paris who were against Napoleon III and then who fought against the invading Prussians and Germans. They lost their battles and as many as 30,000 of the fighters were killed. One of the most fierce battles of that time took place here on Butte aux Cailles. By the way, I looked up the commune on the Internet and read that Karl Marx thought the Commune was a wonderful political happening and based some of his writings and beliefs on what happened in France. I am assuming that the Commune lead to the word Communism?
I think this man was a singer although I never got to hear any music while there. When he saw me taking his photo he happily posed for me.
Another mustached fellow also posed with him.
A nice place up there to have tea and a little dessert. It’s owned by a nice fellow American, Aimee.
Update: Someone was nice enough to send me the information that the man with the mustache who posed for me was Riton La Manivelle and that he does indeed sing – and he also plays a barrel organ. He always plays at the Fête de la Commune. Dang, wish I could have heard him.