While wandering near the Louvre we happened upon the Rue Montorgueil.  I hadn’t realized until then that my vision of the perfect french street is captured by Rue Montorgueil.

What are the characteristics of a perfect french street?  Classic buildings with wrought iron railings,  shops with awnings at street level, and no cars, pedestrians only.   The shops are would be fruit and vegetable vendors, cheese shops, butchers, and boulangeries.  Rue Montorguiel fits the bill.  There were multiple cheese vendors – though two were close to empty and one had a line out the door.

At the end of the street was a sign protesting the arrival of McDonald’s.  It turns out this is a current issue.   Here is the link to the Facebook protest group.

After coming back to the apartment, and doing some research, I found that the street is special for another reason.   The street is featured in the impressionist painting by Claude Monet,  The Rue Montorgueil in Paris. Celebration of June 30, 1878.

The Rue Montorgueil in Paris. Celebration of June 30, 1878 by Claude Monet