Lives in Melbourne, Australia
Since Jan 2009
35-49 year old male
I travel to discover, learn and experience new things. This might be a new food I have never tasted or some style of music I have never heard. Primarily I enjoy visiting world heritage sites and ancient cultures. I am attracted to isolated places such as Easter Island or Svalbard and under explored countries such as Burma. Sites of historic importance also feature highly, for example Hiroshima and Auschwitz. I am a prolific photographer and videographer with a many travel videos posted online. Recently I have started exploring travel which cannot be captured by camera. Sounds still play a bit part but, smell, taste and touch can never be uploaded to a computer - you have to go there to experience it fully.
Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites
Wineries & Vineyards
Bars & Clubs, Performances
Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Cemeteries, Historic Sites
Monuments & Statues
The slender domes of Sacré-Coeur are the defining landmark Montmartre. The brilliant white basilica stands prominently at the top of the Mound of Martyrs. It provides unsurpassed views of the city and is the ideal vantage point to witness sunset. In contrast to the plain exterior, a magnificent golden mosaic inside shows Christ with arms outstretched with a row of historical French figures beneath.
This picturesque little square is the commercial heart of Montmartre. Beneath shady umbrellas, dozens of portrait painters set up their easels and tempt passers by with the promise of being immortalised in paint or charcoal. Style and ability vary and you should agree a price in advance of sitting down to pose. This artists quarter is one of the most atmospheric places for an evening meal but expect to pay that little bit extra for the privilege.
Few realise this is the oldest church in Paris and the only surviving part of the original Benedictine abbey of Montmartre. St Pierre was consecrated in 1147 and incorporates Roman columns from a Temple which stood on this site in the 3rd Century.
One of Montmartre's secret treasures. This fully working vineyard occupies one of the quieter street corners. Clos Montmartre pays homage to a time when the hill was covered in such vineyards. Established in Roman times, the vines slowly gave way to residential developments. Thankfully an artist in the 1930's saved this little pocket of land and prevented the industry from dying completely.
Let the music and ambiance of this most intimate of venues transport you back to the late 19th century with a night of traditional French chansons. The atmospheric "Au Lapin Agile" or "nimble rabbit" is a diminutive cabaret venue that boasts Picasso and Utrillo among its former regulars. It has barely changed in the 100 years that have elapsed since.
This windmill is one of just two survivors of the original fifteen which graced the Montmartre skyline. They were favourite subject matter for the impressionists to paint and they often appear in the works of Van Gogh, Utrillo and Renoir. Today this one houses a restaurant but was once the most popular dance hall in town. It was immortalised in Renoir's "Dance at the Moulin de la Galette" from 1876, which now hangs in the Museé d'Orsay.
Hugely popular in France but less well known in non French speaking countries. Dalida was one of the most successful recording artists of all time. In later years she retreated to her Montmartre mansion close to Moulin de la Galette, where she tragically took her own life. The statue, not far from her house, can be found in Place Dalida at the end of Rue Girardon.
Where else would an "I Love You" wall exist, other than the city of love itself. In Place des Abbesses head to the little park Jehan Rictus where a plain city wall has been decorated with this towering blue mosaic. On closer inspection you will see "I Love You" written in every language imaginable, 250 to be precise. The artists intention was to use a wall, a symbol of division, to bring people together with the common message of love.
Located below street level in a former quarry, Montmartre cemetery feels a world away from the sunny slopes of the Sacre Coeur. A viaduct harshly bisects the site, isolating the easternmost graves and plunging those below into perpetual darkness. Maps available at the entrance help you locate notable tombs which include Degas, Dalida, Truffaut and Nijinsky. The cemetery is also home to a sizeable cat population.
The simple window display at Le Bateau-Lavoir barely hints at the significant role the building played in the development of 20th century art. Here Modigliani and Picasso had their workshops and the Cubist movement began. The studios were flimsy wooden buildings reminiscent of creaky laundry boats that existed on the Seine at the time. There is no public access but around the corner is an authentic studio with huge windows, built to allow in as much natural light as possible.
Magically emerging from a wall, this unconventional sculpture is a reference to a book by Marcel Aymé called 'The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls'. In recent years street artists have added other body parts which also appear to burst through the wall.