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John Baxter, bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, takes readers on a narrative tour through Montmartre, a center of Paris's bohemian and artistic life—in the second book in the "Great Parisian Neighborhoods" series.
Tucked atop a hill in Paris’s 18th arrondissement, Montmartre has long been Paris’s artistic quarter, home to Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, Salvador Dalí, Modigliani, Pissarro, and others. From the buzzing Boulevard de Clichy at the bottom of the hill to the famed Basilica of the Sacred Heart that sits at its top, Montmartre today is a hub of activity, history, and culture, its winding narrow streets and alleyways the embodiment of Parisian charm.
In Montmartre, bestselling author and IACP Award winner John Baxter takes readers through this quarter that has long entranced locals and tourists alike. Baxter touches on Montmartre’s compelling history—its Church of St. Pierre, where Dante prayed, its cabarets that Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec immortalized in post-impressionistic masterpieces—and also introduces readers to some of its newer delights, like the Clos Montmartre, a fully functioning vineyard nestled among the crowded city streets.
An invaluable guide for tourists visiting Paris—and armchair travelers looking for a vicarious thrill—Montmartre captures the allure of one of the city’s most beautiful and fascinating quarters.