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Stroll in Montmartre

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Enjoy a chilled-out stroll in Montmartre away from the tourist circuits.

The other face of Montmartre

We're familiar with its spectacular view over Paris and its unforgettable Place du Tertre but Montmartre village around rue Lepic and rue des Abbesses is often forgotten. Walking down rue de l'Abreuvoir lined with villas and gardens from the turn of the century is a real pleasure. At 18, rue des Saules you will find the famous Clos Montmartre, the last remaining vineyard in Paris. In the middle-ages the vines belonged to Abbesses, today the vineyard produces 1700 bottles per year sold at auction during the October harvest.

A popular hill

Opposite 14 rue St Vincent, you will find a famous wild garden of 1500 m² used as a reserve of Parisian biodiversity. The Suzanne Buisson public square gives the visitor a glimpse of Montmartre life. Avenue Junot, with its 1920s picturesque houses along its cobbled street (Villa Léandre at nr. 25). At 77 rue Lepic, the Moulin de la Galette which gave its name to the famous swinging music hall. At 83 rue Lepic, you will find the Radet Windmill that bears witness to agricultural prosperity. It's worth remembering that at one time Montmartre had a dozen windmills. It's easy to understand why this formerly eccentric neighbourhood was so appealing to artists. Inexpensive and popular, it was home to the most famous artists who had a special way of capturing it forever in their paintings.

Montmartre, Paris 18th. Métro Abbesses line 12.
Walk of approximately 1.5-2 hrs. To really enjoy the village atmosphere, avoid going on weekends.


Illustration : villa Léandre©jeanneisère