Known more popularly for the burlesque Moulin Rouge which boasts six Australians among it's cast. The suburb surrounding the Metro, St Vincent, is seedy and rank. We did have breakfast in the cafe where Amelie was filmed and I'm sure I took a few photographs but they haven't materialised.
The hillside of Montmartre is actually old, artistic, and quite beautiful. Atop the highest hill in very flat Paris is an Artisan's Market, touristy but quite beautiful and you are accosted on a regular basis by would-be artists of some talent offering to paint your portrait.
Because we're Lonely Planet Guide lovers, we took the Montmartre walking tour to find the Man in the Wall and went, well backwards but it was a lovely way to explore the lesser tourist trail. The sun shone, the walking was quite hard being hilly, the Gelato delicious and the experience unforgettable.
On a clear day the view from Sacré-Cœur is stunning if you can avoid the crowds and hawkers and sadly, there was a Mass being read at the time and whilst I'm a devout atheist, I respect the right of others to worship so we had a peek inside but no photographs:
|The Cafe where Amalie was shot. Love that Movie|
|Clos Montmartre, Paris' only surviving, working vineyard|
|Montmarte's Artist's Community with Sacre Coeur in the background|
|Even the graffiti is gorgeous|
|Outside a Toy Shop that almost made me want to be a Nana|
|Just a side street cafe|
|Legacy of old, Windmills|
|We LOVE Lonely Planet|
|Loads of these guys, no idea what they are|
|Ahh this is who we were looking for, the man in the wall|