Discover the quaint artistic village on a hill
- Discover the stories behind the famous cabaret Moulin Rouge
- Visit Amelie's favorite haunts: her café, cinema and local shops
- See the bars from Sabrina and Ronin
- Re-trace Edith Piaf's old singing haunts
- Visit Sacred Coeur church & Place du Terte (Artist's square)
- Paint like Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris
This enchanting walking tour focuses on the eclectic characters that have chosen to call Montmartre their home and have each contributed to its spirit.
There are the fictional characters such as the charming Amélie, the monk from The Da Vinci Code, Woody Allen's character in Everyone Says I Love You, Kevin Costner's in 3 Days to Kill and notwithstanding the ever romantic Sabrina. There are the many unsung heros that banded together to help the village survive the dark times of World War II, commemorated in films such as the Young Lions with Marlon Brando and La Rafle, a French film about the Jewish plight during this time. There are the American GIs that couldn't bring themselves to leave, shown in The Words with Bradley Cooper, the jazz musicians of the swinging '60s who played in the acoustic cellars, portrayed in Paris Blues and that 'little sparrow' Miss Piaf who sung her heart out on the roads.
This spirit had its beginnings in the Belle Epoque where working class Parisians of the late 19th would dress up to dance and drink at the Moulin de la Galette and the Lapin Agile cabarets. There were the band of regulars who attended the wild parties at the Bateau-Lavoir including painters like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse or George Braque. There were Toulouse Lautrec's tantalising dancers of the Moulin Rouge, later immortalised on screen with Shirley MacLaine in Can-Can and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge. It is no coincidence that Adrianna, Pablo Picasso's lover in Midnight in Paris, yearns for these golden days of the Belle Epoque. With fame comes riches and the area has gentrified and you'll spot today's hipsters whom dwell here, amongst the painters, dancers and dreamers that keep this vibrant spirit of La Belle Epoque alive. Montmartre's distinct character is at once quintessentially Parisian yet set apart by retaining its provincial charm.
Movies on this walking tour of Montmartre include: Amélie, Moulin Rouge, French Kiss, La Vie en Rose, The Da Vinci Code, Ronin, Breathless, Funny Face, An American in Paris, Words, Sabrina, A Monster in Paris, Femme Fatale, Paris Blues, Midnight in Paris, A Very Long Engagement and more...
DANCE LIKE NO-ONE IS WATCHING
The Moulin Rouge is awash with French can-can dancers, colorful customes, singers, magicians, clowns, acrobats, jugglers, wild animals and even six miniature horses. Like Nicole Kidman, dance as if the party will never end.
LET ALL OF PARIS FALL AT YOUR FEET
Follow in the footsteps of Gil from Midnight in Paris as you wander down the steps with the Sacred Coeur behind you and a breathtaking view of all of Paris beneath you.
PAINT YOUR HEART OUT
Montmartre has long been a heaven for painters and Place de Terte at its center. Get your portrait painted by who could be the next Vincent Van Gogh or pick up a landscape painting like in An American in Paris.
FOLLOW AMÉLIE'S PATH
France's greatest export, the movie with the little heroine Amélie played by Audrey Tautou, was largely set in Montmartre - from the cafe where she worked, which hasn't changed much, to her home on Rue Lepic. Re-trace her steps as Amélie takes the blind man through her village and describes all the sights to behold - past the butcher, the local village shop, the patisserie, the candy store, the cheese merchant until they reach the steps of Abbesses metro.
FRENCH KISS BY LOVERS' WALL
An American in Paris that falls in love! Make like Meg Ryan and find your Kevin Klein to embrace at the shrine dedicated to lovers from all around the world. As Kevin came to Montmartre in French Kiss to recover the vital vine for his vineyard, you'll discover Paris's own vineyard that makes a small selection of wine each year.
WHIRL AROUND THE CAROUSEL
Like Gil in Midnight in Paris, spin back in time. Re-visit the glorious dancing days of the Belle Epoque as well as the roaring 1920s when the outrageous singer Joséphine Baker brought the jazz movement to the cabaret bars of Montmartre where it found a new home.