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The Crazy Years with Kiki de Montparnasse
Le Dome restaurant, 108 Boulevard de Montparnasse (75014) - just at the metro stop Vavin, on the line 4, Montparnasse
Once the epicenter of an international artistic revolution, Montparnasse is today a neighborhood often ignored.
But between the world wars, this area was a magnet for artists and writers looking for a place they could freely work and create. It was also the center of a fast and decadent lifestyle fueled by jazz music and cocaine.
At the center of it all was the original "it" girl, Kiki de Montparnasse, the muse and model for a number of soon-to-be-famous painters and photographers. Way before Paris Hilton, she was famous just for being famous.
Kiki will lead you by the hand to the hangouts and studios frequented by the period's glitterati, from Picasso to Hemingway. She'll also explain what was behind the debauchery: a potent movement in art and literature, trying to figure out the truths behind "modern" life. While throwing light on the key art movements from the time, Kiki will take you through Montparnasse's hidden studios, secret graves, and Picasso's favorite oil pastels.
This Detour is best during daylight hours Tuesday through Friday. Saturday through Monday, a few of the indoor locations might be closed.
Each tour taker will want to bring 1 euro and 30 cents, preferably in exact change.
Just a heads up, you'll be entering a cemetery on this tour.