Walked in Amelie’s footsteps

Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain is the loveliest French film I’ve seen, which, well quite frankly, is the only one I ever watched from beginning to end without losing interest. I suppose it’s the unique, whimsical and charming manner in which Amelie was presented that won my and viewers’ hearts everywhere. Not to mention that it’s set in my favorite city in the whole world, so I guess I’m a bit biased…

So, without question, my cousin (a fellow fan girl) and I just had to try and see the notable spots featured in the film during our previous (and hopefully not last) visit to the city of lights.

We got off this Metro station, hoping to get into Montmarte (at least from what I remember). Had to walk quite a bit, ending up in Pigalle where we found the Mouling Rouge and found the Amelie cafe just a street behind it.

We got off this Metro station, hoping to get into Montmartre (at least from what I remember). Had to walk quite a bit, ending up in Pigalle where we found the Moulin Rouge, and then the Amelie cafe just a street behind it.

Note of advice: Never attempt to climb out of this Metro station . The winding stairwell was torture - it went on forever! For anyone coming here, I suggest getting off at another station (as an option), if not, then at least ride the elevator up to street level.

Note of advice: Never attempt to climb out of this Metro station . The winding stairwell was torture – it went on forever! For anyone coming here, I suggest riding the elevator up to street level.

Beautiful street view

Beautiful street view

The infamous Moulin Rouge in the raunchy Pigalle district. In the film, Nino worked in a sex shop in the same district.

The infamous Moulin Rouge in the raunchy Pigalle district. In the film, Nino worked in a sex shop in the same district.

A definite *whee* moment when we finally spotted the cafe! The famed cafe/resto where Amelie worked as a waitress

A definite *whee* moment when we finally spotted the cafe! The famed cafe/resto where Amelie worked as a waitress

Another *whee* moment, when we entered the cafe.. we made it! We weren't surprised that there were other tourists as well, fellow fan girls, who obviously shared our plans of living out Amelie's life :-)

Another *whee* moment, when we entered the cafe.. we made it!

The place was obviously Amelie-fied to suit the fancy of fans visiting the place.

The place was obviously Amelie-fied to suit the fancy of fans visiting the place.

Of course the garden gnome was here too

Of course the garden gnome was here too

A little shrine of sorts found in the back of the cafe towards the loo

A little shrine of sorts found in the back of the cafe towards the loo

Deux cafe et creme brulee, si'l vous plait...and a molten chocolate cake, too

Deux cafe et creme brulee, si’l vous plait…and a molten chocolate cake, too

Cafe menu

Cafe menu

Cafe menu

Cafe menu

One of the business found down the street outside the cafe

flower shop down the street outside the cafe

source: http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/a/amelie.html

Amélie film location: Crème brulée: Café les Deux Moulins, Montmartre, Paris
Source: http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/a/amelie.html

Amélie film location: the video store where Nino works: Palace Video, Boulevard de Clichy, Pigalle, ParisSource: http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/a/amelie.html

Amélie film location: the video store where Nino works: Palace Video, Boulevard de Clichy, Pigalle, Paris
Source: http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/a/amelie.html

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