Location - Montmartre

Despite all its fame, Montmartre has retained a unique village atmosphere that sets it apart from other areas in Paris. Perched on a hill with spectacular views, Montmartre is an area full of surprises and fresh breezes on hot summer days. As portrayed in the film "Amélie", life in contemporary Montmartre is not limited to visiting the the artists of Place des Tertre or climbing the steps to the top of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur. The myriad streets that make up Montmartre and adjoining Abbesses are a pleasure to explore - full of restaurants, bars, museums and even a vineyard. The Abbesses food market in rue Lepic is a classic - with excellent butchers, traiteurs, seafood shops, bakers and lively cafes.

The apartment is located in the charming, narrow, cobbled, single lane one-way street, Rue Andre del Sarte (named after the Florentine painter Andrea del Sarto who visited Fontainebleau in 1518-19 to work for Francis I), which begins at the gardens of Sacré Coeur, with stairs leading to the top of Montmartre.

Rue Andre del Sarte is a street full of character that hosts bars, restaurants, neighbourhood and boutique shops, from designer owned clothes shops to one of Paris' most in-demand jewellers in her atelier/shop. There has even been a short film made about the shop of one resident fashion designer, John Su - "Ysasu: La Mode dans la rue Andre del Sarte". It is a street of local Parisians - you buy your bread and croissants from one of the best boulangeries in Montmartre just metres from the flat, pick up your newspaper at the newsagent and stop for a coffee or a drink at the "No Problemo" bar on the corner; eat at the excellent welcoming and fun Chéri Bibi restaurant, with brunch on Sundays. Head due south and walk downhill to the Louvre via the Jardin des Tuileries in 35 minutes (3 km). Walk up the steps at the end of the street and in five minutes be watching the sunset over Paris, one of the most panoramic views the city offers, or be walking through the gardens and trees of the Sacré Coeur park. Picasso's Montmartre studio is a 10 minute walk.

If you don't feel like the short taxi ride from Gare du Nord, take a leisurely stroll and be at the apartment in a little over ten minutes.

For getting around the city, take your pick from either the Abbesses, Anvers or Chateau Rouge metro stations, all a short walk from the apartment.

Getting to the flat

From the airport Being situated in the north of Paris means quick and easy access to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport by taxi (25 minutes outside of rush hour). Equally quick and easy is the RER at the airport to Gare du Nord, from where it's a 6 minute taxi ride or a 10-15 minute walk to the apartment.

From Eurostar/Thalys The Eurostar/Thalys terminal (trains to and from London, Brussels and Amsterdam) is at Gare du Nord. Gare du Nord to the apartment is a 6 minute taxi ride or a 10-15 minute walk (1.1km).

Metro Paris metro stops are about 2.5 minutes travel time apart
Chateau Rouge: (LIne 4 - direct to Gare du Nord): 3 min walk
Anvers (Line 6): 3 minute walk from the apartment and 9 stops direct to the Arc de Triomphe.
Abesses (Line 12): 8 minute walk; 6 stops direct ride to Opera; 7 stops to Place de la Concorde.

Consult the Paris Metro map to plan your sightseeing!