Le Passe-Muraille: Walking Through Walls in Montmartre

The French verb flâner defies translation. ‘To amble’ or ‘to stroll aimlessly’, don’t do the word justice. If you happen to flâne through the streets of Montmartre in Paris, once you reach Place Marcel Aymé, you might think it is possible to walk through walls. The statue of le Passe-Muraille depicts a man in action poking out of a wall.

Le Passe-Muraille Montmartre

The statue is based upon a short story by French novelist Marcel Aymé called Le passe-muraille , about a man who possessed such capability. It is also the work of one of my favourite actors, Jean Marais, of the French classics, La belle et la bête and Orphée.

Le Passe-Muraille - Montmartre

The reality of my visit was a little more sobering than a fictional character or a piece of art. At the little graffiti-ridden square in front of the statue, a homeless person’s tent was erected over a grid, warming the interior of his temporary home on a cool November day.

Le Passe-Muraille - Montmartre Le Passe-Muraille - Montmartre

Place Marcel Aymé is located at 2 Rue Norvins, at the corner of Rue Norvins and Allée des Brouillards, within close proximity to Moulin de la Galette, Place Dalida and Café des 2 Moulins of the Amélie fame.

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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  2. Ahh, all I ever want to do in Paris is flaner…..well, that and eat pastries :-). Love the photos.

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  5. Love this post…read it on the way to work this morning & made me want to go right to Paris for a visit :) Always like to learn about “hidden gems” in cities where you think you might have seen it all!
    The shots are wonderful (as always :)..you really captured “the movement” that the artist was trying to portray :)

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  9. What fun insider information… the next time I visit Paris, I will have to seek it out. There should be more flaner in the world, and less hustle bustle.

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  12. Interesting, but you really should write in French, which I assume to be your first language.

    • I wish I could still write eloquently in French! Living in Australia makes it difficult to keep up with a foreign language :)

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  14. Hi, I am very interested in purchasing a hi-res image of the first photograph in this article about the Passe-Murail in Paris. Please can you tell me how to go about making this purchase? Thanks kindly :)

    • Hi Kay, Of course. I’m hardly at my desk in the next day or so but will email you details as soon as possible :)

  15. Having spent a week In Paris two weeks ago – staying in Eastern Paris – i am heading back there in about 4 weeks time, to stay in Montmartre. Really looking forward to getting to know this part of the city. Thanks for sharing.

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