'Montmartre' takes you on a hidden history tour of this famous hill-top village.
Montmartre has been the errant daughter of Paris for centuries, frequently at the heart of intellectual, artistic and political change and never far from drama and intrigue. Home to penniless artists, revolutionaries and racy cabarets, the stories from her history will both surprise and delight. We meet Lolo the Donkey, who perpetuated a great art hoax, visit Picasso's first studio, and learn about the origins of the Moulin Rouge.
Including plaque translations, location maps, three walks and over seventy illustrations, this book provides all you need to discover an unexplored side of Montmartre.
The Left Bank
'The Left Bank' volume is a little different. As well as the plaque translations, we offer even more insight into the city's hidden history. The walks visit key sites from the Revolution, the Enlightenment and Post-War Literary Paris, but also highlight a host of interesting sights along the way. Behind unmarked doors and through passageways you might have missed, you'll find a side of Paris you didn't know existed.
We introduce you to the smallest bookshop in Paris, the Beat Hotel, a WWII spy hangout, and the cave where the Danton and Robespierre held secret trials; discover the hidden Mulberry Tree Courtyard, The Cabinet of Curiosities, and spot Marat's Bell; we will show you where the Existentialists drank, where Orwell and Hemingway lived, and where the Great Cat Massacre began.
Including all plaque translations, location maps, and six walks, The Left Bank will give you a history of this famous quarter like no other.