Images – Cemetry of Montparnasse.

Left Bank, Montparnasse, Place de Catalogne, Tour Montparnasse and Cimetiere de Montparnasse.
The northern end of this large arrondissement is devoted to Montparnasse, home of the “lost generation,” and former stomping ground of Stein, Toklas, Hemingway, and other American expatriates who gathered here in the 1920’s. After World War II, it ceased to be the centre of intellectual life in Paris , but the memory still lingers on in its cafés.

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One of its most visible monuments, one that helps set the tone of the neighbourhood, is the Rodin statue of Balzac at the junction of boulevard Montparnasse and boulevard Raspail. At this corner are some of the world’s most famous literary cafés, including La Rotunde, Le Select, La Dome, and  La Coupole. Though Gertrude Stein probably avoided this corner (she loathed cafés), all the other American expatriates, including Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald, had no qualms about enjoying a drink here (or quite a few of them, for that matter).

La Coupole

Henry Miller, plotting Tropic of Cancer and his newest seduction of Anais Nin, came to La Coupole for his morning porridge. So did Roman Polanski, Josephine Baker (with a lion cub on a leash), James Joyce, Man Ray, Matisse, Ionesco (ordering café liègeois), Jean-Paul Sartre, and even the famous Kiki as she worked on her memoirs. Though she shunned the cafés, Stein amused herself at home (27 rue de Fleurus) with Alice Toklas, collecting paintings, including those of Picasso, and entertaining the likes of Max Jacob, Apollinaire, T.S. Eliot, and Matisse.

Southern end

At its southern end, the 14th arrondissement contains pleasant residential neighbourhood filled with well-designed apartment buildings, many of them built between 1910 and 1940.

List of Attractions in the 14eme

Cimetière du Montparnasse,  3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014
Parc Montsouris,  2 Rue Gazan, 75014
Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014
Jardins de l’Observatoire,  98 Boulevard Arago, 75014