When I moved to Marseilles, I looked for a pied-à-terre in Paris so I wouldn’t lose touch with this magnificent city where I had lived for so long. I found it in the little corner of the Villa Dancourt, a peaceful retreat in an otherwise lively neighbourhood known as being so very Parisian. The Montmartre that I discovered across from the Théâtre de l’Atelier, is a true architectural wonder.
The studio is located on the 7th floor of a building constructed in the 30s where I was honestly “in seventh heaven”.
Well-lit, comfortable and quiet, it’s a great place to relax before running off to follow in the steps of Picasso, Braque and Modigliani who often frequented the Bateau Lavoir, the meeting place for artists of 19th and 20th centuries, it still attracts a large number of current day artists from around the world. Take time to visit the numerous museums, the Sacre Coeur Basilica, just up the street and the galleries along the cobblestone streets of old Paris
Montmartre is also known for its charming shops far from the large shopping centres of Paris. Visit the Gana bakery on the corner of the rue d’Orsel ad the rue des Martyrs, for your morning croissants. Check out the hundreds of cheeses at the cheese shop on the fur des Abbesses. As for bistros, the quarter is littered with them where you can enjoy a drink or a meal all day long. The restaurants offer great food for all palettes. My favourites are “Le Soleil Gourmand” on the rue Ravignan and “Le Restaurant” on the rue Audran.
In short, it’s a true microcosm, lively and picturesque – a true Parisian village. Just 10 minutes from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées or 5 minutes from the Opera. Metro lines 12 and 2 are just minutes away and bus lines 30 and 67 will take you to the other end of Paris in 20 minutes.
And who knows, if you ever come to Marseille, I can help you discover some of the most beautiful, nature sites in France.
Are you jealous yet?