Adventures in Montmartre; exploring picturesque Paris
Published on 10 October 2018 in Paris
Close to the Hotels du Pré you can discover the famous and enchanting Montmartre district. The Place du Tertre, the Sacré Coeur Basilica, flower bedecked streets and alleyways, vantage points from which to enjoy incredible views of all Paris and much more await you on the legendary hill.
The Place du Tertre and the Sacré-Coeur; the high places of Montmartre life
This typical square, the centre of the old village of Montmartre, was once the gathering place of now-famous artists such as Picasso. Today, painters and portraitists set up their easels on the pavement to create their canvases. Built in 1875 and towering 130 metres above the hill of Montmartre, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica is a must-see monument. To visit this picture postcard Parisian building you can either climb the many steps or ride the funicular railway!
Wander the picturesque streets
The crossroads of the Rue Norvins and Rue Lepic is one of Montmartre’s most famous, thanks to the wonderful movie, Amelie. Here you’ll discover a charming little garden housing the Fontaine du Château d’Eau de Montmartre (Fountain of the Water Tower of Montmartre).
Head up the Rue des Saules. At number 22 the Clos Montmartre awaits. This unique space of some 2000 m2 is planted with grapevines more than 1000 years old. Continuing towards the Rue Saint-Vincent you’ll find the Lapin Agile, a legendary cabaret once frequented by artists and writers whose names have since become a part of our culture.
Treat yourself to a romantic stopover in the Place des Abesses, where a wall has those special words "I love you" translated into nearly 300 languages. Lovers from all over the world gather here.
Your Montmartre adventure should also include the Avenue Rachel, where the Montmartre Cemetery is located. This place of natural and melancholic charm is the former resting place of Emile Zola, and such notables as Dalida, François Truffaut and Nijinsky are still interred here.
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