On this tour I will take you along the most picturesque parts of Montmartre. We will talk about the lives of artists such Picasso and Modigliani who started their careers in Montmartre. Did you know that there are some crazy stories that took place in Montmartre? Have you ever heard of Saint Denis and the Man Who Could Walk Through Walls? You will today and they will leave you scratching your head! Did you know that the Paris Communue started in Montmartre? That's the Revolution you've heard about in Les Misérables. We do love a good Revolution in France! And a touch of French culture too: we will talk about the Sacré Coeur and the Chevalier de la Barre and what that means about the separation of Church and State in France. Get ready for an entertaining visit that will make you think!
Sacré Coeur Basilica, Mur des je t'aime, Maison rose, Vignes du Clos Montmartre, Lapin Agile
The tour starts right outside of the Abbesses Metro Station on line 12. Note that there is an elevator in the metro station, you don't need to walk up 174 steps! I've designed the tour so you won't have to take more than 12 steps at a time. I will point out some bathrooms along the way. Many people like to enjoy a drink on the steps of the Sacré Coeur when the tour is over, bring whatever strikes your fancy!
Places to stop along the way:
Sacré Coeur Basilica, Saint Jean de Montmartre Church, Dali Museum, Montmartre Museum, Saint Pierre de Montmartre Church. After the tour is over, you might want to walk down the hill to Rue des Martyrs, one of the most charming streets in Paris 1/2 mile away from where we end our tour.
Best time of day:
Best time to start the tour is between 9 AM and 4 PM so everything will be open no matter what time of year you go. Parks and churches stay open until 7 PM in the summer.
Watch your belongings, there are pickpockets in Montmartre! Wear comfortable shoes, most of the pavement in Montmartre is cobblestone and you will be walking up-hill for several sections along the tour.
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