Montmartre: hill of secrets!
Go off the beaten path!
No tourist ever forgets their first sight of Montmartre’s Sacré-Cœur. Like pilgrims, they wind up the heights of the hill, climbing the 270 steps to reach the white basilica on the summit. Their efforts are rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view of the city.
But there are easier -and less crowded- ways to reach the top and I can tell you how!
Paris is a city of villages which grew over centuries and Montmartre was once a mere rural outpost. This hilltop village was used for mining and was home to a prosperous milling industry. Later, it became famous for its wine, its artists, and its vibrant night life.
In 1860, Montmartre was incorporated into the city of Paris and started to attract penniless but ambitious artists from around the world: Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Utrillo, Modigliani, Chagall and Picasso, besides many others.
I have set up a completely unique visit of legendary Montmartre, from the Place du Tertre and its quaint neighborhood at the top of the hill, to the world famous Moulin Rouge cabaret at its foot. You will discover all of the iconic landmarks and I will tell you some of its (many) secrets along the way, including the filming locations of some famous movie scenes.
Together, we’ll discover the windmill that took its name from the savory pancakes made from buckwheat flour, formerly milled on its premises. In 1876, it became the backdrop to Renoir’s famous painting, La Bal du Moulin de la Galette.
To finish off a memorable day, we’ll refuel at one of the many cafés and restaurants scattered across the hill and drink a toast to La Vie Bohème! Contact me for any question you may have, I will be happy to answer.