The 18th Arrondissement is a place where I’d often stay when in Paris. With it’s cobblestone lanes lined with wrought iron street lamps, you can almost feel the layers of history beneath your feet as you pass by cafes that have served as places of contemplation for artists such as Satire and Lautrec. Despite the challenge of tourism, Montmartre has still managed to retain much of it’s old world charm. I can remember stumbling across one of the original vineyards on the Rue Des Saules, still in operation today. On the other side of the hill is the Basilica du Sacre-Coeur. Best viewed in the early morning, the steps offer an uninterrupted view of the city, in particular it’s grey zinc roof tops, secluded attics and window gardens.