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We have sort of over killed Montmartre, so why would we pay a guide service to give us a tour of the butte? Good question! Our apartment owner is friends with a very talented man who has made his living writing and making documentaries. He is starting a new tour and service company in Paris and has offered us the opportunity to be his first clients to tour with him. It wasn’t in our budget when we left Oroville, but we are glad we took the three plus hour tour of Montmartre with him. His name is Laurent Boscq and he has great knowledge of the history and possesses a love of Paris; he has also worked at Rolling Stone Paris magazine., his website is www.Paristories.com. Seeing Paris through his eyes and knowledge base was well worth the time and money spent. He opened closed doors to gardens and squares that the normal tourist or tour groups can not get in to. He only allows six persons per tour, being his first, there was just the two of us. We were not allowed to take many photos during the tour and the owners of the properties made this a stipulation to him being able to get access to their properties! They do not want the masses of tourist trampling their precious places. An additional service provided by Paristories.com is food baskets on arrival that could be your first breakfast or dinner. They will also pre-stock your refrigerator if you wish. Wonderful service. Please follow the link above for more information.

There use to be a church on this site that now is just an open square. The church fell through to the gypsum mines below and nothing was ever built on this site again.

There use to be a church on this site that now is just an open square. The church fell through to the gypsum mines below and nothing was ever built on this site again.

On the wall above this house it shows a bas-relief of what the church use to look like back in 1860.

On the wall above this house it shows a bas-relief of what the church looked like back in 1860.

Next to the top of the butte is the oldest water tower in Montmartre!

Next to the top of the butte is the oldest water tower in Montmartre!

Acess to the old Paroisse Saint-Pierre de Montmartre was a real treat. The oldest church on Montmartre!

Access to the old Paroisse Saint-Pierre de Montmartre was a real treat. The oldest church on Montmartre!

Behind closed doors is where the nuns of the basilica live, I took this picture as we entered and a nun came flying out the door telling me not to take photos, my mistake!

Behind closed doors is where the nuns of the basilica live, I took this picture as we entered and a nun came flying out the door telling me not to take photos, my mistake!

This estate is still being used for starving artist to use at a reduced rate to live and paint!

This estate is still being used for starving artists to use at a reduced rate to live and paint!

An old English Village on the west side of Montmartre!

An old English Village on the west side of Montmartre!

You have heard of a "Witch's Stick" to find water, this is where it all started at this small quarry that sticks up out of the ground produces water and is were the term came from!

You have heard of a “Witch’s Stick” to find water, this is where it all started at this small quarry that sticks up out of the ground produces water and is were the term came from!

This is where Vincent and his brother Theo van Gogh lived in the late 1880s.

This is where Vincent and his brother Theo van Gogh lived in the late 1880s on the third floor.

Close up plaque on wall.

Close up of plaque on wall.

Our last stop with Lurent on the tour is a private hotel that is not listed any where and you have to get buzzed in just to acces the alley and then again to get access to the hotel. A great day!

Our last stop with Laurent on the tour is a private hotel that is not listed any where and you have to get buzzed in just to access the alley and then again to get access to the hotel. A great day!

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