Known simply as ‘the butte’ to locals, the bohemian enclave of Montmartre captures the artistic soul of Paris like no where else. This small mountain overlooking the city with spectacular views and crowned with the gleaming white Church of the Sacred Heart was once little more than a small farming village until the 19th century, when a group of bohemians and artists chose to make it their home. This tour contains none of the annoying advertising contained on free downloads.
The area quickly became the center of the artistic world drawing artists such as Picasso, Renoir, Dali and Toulouse-Lautrec. And it was here that rich and poor alike, artists, businessmen, aristocrats, bankers, farmers and even royalty came together to rub shoulders on the wild outskirts of Paris in a great swell of joyous humanity that perspired and inspired during a time that became known as the “Beautiful Era”, La Belle Époque. This tour takes you from the iconic red windmill of the Moulin Rouge up the butte through the artist communities that still survive today and ending with the most breathtaking view of Paris at the base of the Sacré Couer.
Sites on this walking tour: 1) Moulin Rouge, 2) Pigalle, 3) Place des Abbesses, 4) Rue Ravignan, 5) Place Emile Goudeau, 6) Rue d'Orchampt, 7) Moulin de la Galette, 8) Place Marcel Ayme, 9) Rue Girardon, 10) Maison Rose, 11) Vineyard & Le Lapin Agile, 12) Place du Tetre, 13) St. Pierre de Montmartre, 14) Sacré Coeur.