Bonjour from le Paris!

I knew that staying amongst the busy little cobbled streets of Montmartre would be an enjoyable experience but little did I know how many treasures would be hidden in and around the hustle and bustle. Paris is such a diverse city with all the different ‘arrondissements’ and Montmartre is no exception. With the Sacre Coeur perched wonderfully at the top of the hill, the array of cafes, restaurants, fruit stalls, caricature artists, haha even a Starbucks surrounding the church provide for a lot of character.

Being a bit of a research nut I thoroughly compiled a list of all the many recommended sights, plus managed to find a few extra places to satisfy my taste for cultural hotspots. With so many artists having chosen to live here over the centuries there were a lot of secret haunts to check out. 

Pretty much every other street I visited there would be a whole load of history attached, starting with...

54 Rue Lepic… this is where Vincent Van Gogh lived whilst in Paris!!

Vincent lived here
La Bateaux Lavoir… where Pablo Picasso (as well as Juan Gris, Henri Matisse, etc) lived for years and famously painted L’es Mademoiselles du Avignon. Situated in a lovely shaded courtyard where he would have sat and watched the world go by (one of my favourite places in Montmartre to eat cheese and crusty baguette!)

Le Lapin Agile… or ‘Nimble Rabbit’, a small quirky cabaret club where Picasso, Modigliani, Braque, etc would go for a drunken night out. 

La Bateaux Lavoir

It's also right next to Montmartre’s very own vineyard!

12 Rue Cortot… and now the Musee de Montmartre which amazingly features the gardens where Auguste Renoir used to live and famously painted lots of his garden scenes. A gorgeous refuge with views of the back of the Sacre Coeur.

Loving being sat in Renoir's garden

Plot 27… at le Cemetarie de Montmartre where Edgar Degas is buried in a picturesque spot with quaint ironwork railings. 

We also saw where french actor/director Francois Truffaut is buried (famous from the brilliant ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’) as well as Aldophe Sax, the inventor of the Saxaphone.
You’ll definitely never be bored in Montmartre and just like a giddy schoolgirl I loved every second of it!

Please take note that your art may flourish from reading this blog :)


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