La Butte, the highest point in Paris.
Une commune, a former village, once in the suburbs, later incorporated into Paris.
The place where budding artists and intellectuals went to slum it in local bars and cabarets.
The neighborhood where hordes of tourists flock in an attempt to recapture la vie de bohême, the bohemian lifestyle once favored by a long list of residents that reads like the Who’s Who of French (and European) intellectual and artistic life.
So charming, so quaint, still, beyond the many iconic landmarks.
Authentique: A real neighborhood, where people live, shop, work, and enjoy la vie parisienne.
At the top of the hill: Touristy Montmartre.
Anchored by le Sacré-Coeur, and its amazing Paris views, la Place du Tertre, and le Clos-Montmartre, a small vineyard that produces shabby wine auctioned off for charity.
Step away from touristy areas; wander the streets; and find bucolic and picturesque Montmartre:
Spice up your flâneries to follow in the footsteps of Montmartre icons, fictional or not:
Observe and partake in scenes of la vie parisienne, among locals in authentic Montmartre:
In unpretentious bistros or at iconic addresses, enjoy the good life in gourmet Montmartre:
So Parisian, so unmistakably French, and yet, with a flavor of its own.
Always worth a visit, or two, or more.
Montmartre, pour toujours.
All photos by French Girl in Seattle. Please do not use without permission.
More about Montmartre:
La Complainte de la Butte, by the great Cora Vaucaire.