On Wednesday, a bank holiday in France, my husband had to work. I was tempted to spend the whole day in the couch playing on my iPhone. But I managed to motivate myself: I went to Montmartre!
I went to the Lamarck-Caulaincourt station, and discovered the north side of the hill, a little less crowded with tourists. You can see the old cabaret « Au Lapin Agile, » from the second half of the 19th century, and was frequented by Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Apollinaire.
A little bit further, « La Maison Rose » : it appears on an array of Maurice Utrillo, painter born in Montmartre. This painting is exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, and the Pink House is now a restaurant.
Next door, the Clos Montmartre famous vines of the hill. Access is apparently prohibited, except on rare occasions. I took my picture through the fence :)
The Montmartre museum is located in one of the oldest houses of the hill (16th century). I do not know what it is worth (the Tripadvisor reviews are quite positive, however).
Then, the famous Place du Tertre… It’s really crowded with people, especially in high season: the place is occupied by restaurants, and the 149 painters are all around.
I then visited the Church of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, built between 1133 and 1147! It is located right next to the Sacré Cœur.
L’Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre
Photos are forbidden in the Sacré Coeur, but the ceiling is beautiful. Then, I visited the crypt, the atmosphere is very strange because I was the only one visiting the 14 chapels and tombs … It’s almost scary!
And the most impressive part: the rise of the dome! It starts slowly …
The water tower of Montmartre
300 steps later, the view over Paris is amazing! We see everything: the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse Tower, la Défense…
I hope you enjoyed the visit! See you soon!