Essentially a large hill in Paris’s 18th arrondissement, Montmartre might seem like a neon strip of nightclubs at first glance, plus a line tourists queuing up outside Moulin Rouge. Don’t be misled by following the herd instinct and make a beeline up the hill, take a picture on the steps of the basilica, get conned into buying overpriced crepes and windmill souvenirs. There is so much more to see in Montmartre.
I spent my afternoon getting lost in the intricate network of back streets around the quaint district, drinking in the local scenes and colour and learning about the times where notable artists such as Van Gogh and Picasso lived and were inspired on these very streets. If you’re not sure where to start, go with Sandeman’s walking tour, their friendly and informative staff will guide you along and fill you in with many untold secrets.