Today we are attracted by the impressive Sacré-Cœur basilica located on top of the hill Montmartre, highest point of Paris.
Once there, we are amazed by the breathtaking view over the city. But proceeding in our visit, we will discover a kind of old country town, where we will feel away from the center of Paris : we will walk through narrow and winding streets, finding here and there, a 12th century romanesque Church, the last windmills, a vineyard ( !), old aged private houses surrounded by gardens, and may be, a few places will look familiar to us, seen before ... in museums.
Actually learning a little more about the history of the « village of Montmartre », we realize that its religious heritage is mixed with a « bohème » atmosphere dating back to the late 19th century- early 20th century, when artists lived or painted there : we will see the Van Gogh « guinguette » and « windmill », the Utrillo « Maison Rose », places associated with Toulouse-Lautrec, we will think of Picasso and « le Bateau Lavoir » etc ….
Today the charm of this « bohème life » can be felt in « place du Tertre » where artists are still painting the surroundings or making portraits of the visitors.