High on its northern hill overlooking Paris, Montmartre was long linked with the artistic community that scraped a living there. Toulouse Lautrec imortalized the cancan kicking Jane Avril, the Moulin Rouge and singerpoet Aristide Bruand, and no doubt frequented the local hot cabaret, Au Lapin Agile. Meanwhile, Cubism was born in the draughty Bateau-Lavoir studios, which housed no lesser figures than Picasso, Juan Gris, and Braque. Today little is left of this burgeoning creative community : the painters on the place du Tertre can hardly swing a brush and real-estate values are high you wander through its backstreets, you can’t help but be affected by the charm of this neighborhood, perfectly revealed in its romantic tree-lined steps, squares, gardens, and individually designed houses.
The cemetery at Montmartre : this vast cemetery, laid out in 1795 and covering 25 acres, is one of the best known in Paris, including the graves of composers Delibes, Berlioz and Offenbach, painters Dégas and Fraonard, writers Heine, Daumas, Stendhal and Zola, film director Truffaut and the playwright Sacha Guitry.