Thursday, 2 September 2010

Montmartre

Calle de MontmatreImage via Wikipedia
Montmatre is one of the most charming areas in Paris. It's where the artists gather, and great names joined groups and lived. Of famous artists we can mention Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.

The area is clearly influenced by its artistic history and is today an important tourist destination which plays upon its glorious past.

The neighbourhood is located on the tallest hill in Paris, north of the city-centre. The hill can be seen from afar and the top is crowned by the basilisk Sacre Coeur. The streets winds around the hill, steep and narrow, filled with real Parisian magic.

You will find lots of small shops, street artists who offers to paint your portrait, cafés, and restaurants.  There's also a rich night life with bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Famous carberets like Moulin Rogue and Le Cat Noir is also to be found in the neighbourhood. It borders Pigalle, which is one of the redlight districts of Paris.

It is certainly worth a visit, if you can keep up with the many stairs and steep streets.
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