Arrondissements - Sections of Paris, Paris
this is paris,divided into 20 'arrondissements',it means boroughs,like in london:
paris 1er,2e,3e,4e are the oldest parts with many museums,very old houses,one of them was built in the 14th century
paris 5e,6e is the latin district,in reference to the university'la sorbonne',it is a district with many students that you will meet boulevard saint-michel or boulevard saint-germain,it was famous in the 1960s,but now it is less exciting
paris 7e,8e are very rich,la tour eiffel is in the 7e,and many administrative buildings;champs-elysees is in the 8e
paris 9e,10e,11e are now medium boroughs,with cheaper flats and many immigrants
paris 12e,13e,14e,15e are not so bad;the middle-class live there most of the time
paris 16e is the richest part with many consulates
paris 17e south is very rich,around place de l'étoile,
paris 17e north is awful
paris 18e is montmartre,with pigalle which is also on north 9e;it was the district of the artists,now it is part of the paris 'gaza strip'
paris 19e and 20e were popular areas fifty years ago,and it was very nice to go there at night,with many typical pubs;the famous singer Maurice Chevalier loved that district,one of his song is called:menilmontant,which is in paris 20e;now paris 19e and paris 20e look like the southern part of beirut,with a difference,beirut is much safer,because there is no United Nations Army in Paris to prevent and stop conflicts
The parisian districts : 20
If you have an address and you don't know in wich district it is, don't worry. Look at the zip code. They are like this in Paris: 75001,75002, etc...
75 is the number of Paris and 001, 002, 003, etc.. is the district number.
Paris is in the middle of a big metropol. Don't forget that the official Paris limit is the part inside the ring ('périphérique' in french)
This is known as a great train station of gare montparnasse, with its wonderful hub of metro lines , buses, and suburbian trains and the TGV. It is now my entry point to Paris.
However, a while back it used to be my last work area in Paris before moving out to Brittany. This is where I came to work, play and make friends, and spent quite a bit of time around it enough to write a book but I am not one of those like Fitzgerald and Hemingway...lol!
The district of Montparnasse is the no 53rd administratively of Paris located in the 14e arrondissement, althought the 15 and 6 also comes to its borders, it sits in the rive gauche of the Seine. Its name comes that which the students gave it when they stop by here to mingle in the hill and ramparts of the 17C in reference to mount parnasse residence of the muse of Greek mythology. The hill was flattened to trace the blvd du Montparnasse in the 18C, the place for walks in the city area then.
Some of the artists that made it or visit the area of Montparnasse from the 1910's but especially at the heydays of district in the 1920's were, Pablo Picasso, Guillaume Apollinaire, Pablo Gargallo, Julio González, le douanier Rousseau, Antoine Bourdelle, Ossip Zadkine, Moïse Kisling, Marc Chagall, Maurice Le Scouëzec, Nina Hamnett, Fernand Léger, Jacques Lipchitz, Max Jacob, Blaise Cendrars, Chaïm Soutine, Michel Kikoine, Prosper Galerne, Pinchus Kremegne, Amedeo Modigliani, Ford Madox Ford, Ezra Pound, Marcel Duchamp, Suzanne Duchamp-Crotti, Constantin Brancusi, Paul Fort, Juan Gris, Diego Rivera, Tsuguharu Fujita, Marie Vassilieff, Grégoire Krug, Léonide Ouspensky, Léon-Paul Fargue, René Iché, Alberto Giacometti, Andrtheé Breton, Pascin, Wolfgang Paalen, Alice Paalen, Salvador Dalí, Jean-Paul Sartre, Henry Miller, Django Reinhardt, Joan Miró ,and at the end of his life Edgar Degas.
With each district renown the district of Montparnasse has become a place for business offices, and passing train travelers at daytime to a place of diversion and entertainment at nights. It is indeed ,just that, work daytime party nightime ,yes yes yes.
oh yes an interesting cementary of Montparnasse where they rest Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir , Charles Baudelaire, Robert Desnos, Georges Sand, Camille Saint Saëns, François Rude, Charles Garnier, Maupassant, Sainte-Beuve, Alfred Dreyfus, Jean Carmet , and Serge Gainsbourg amongst others.
Something famous in the two restos La Coupoule and le Dôme as well as La Ruche. Link to the history of Brittany as Fulgence Bienvenûe lands here in 1868, considered as one of the fathers of the Paris metro. His project he puts the line 12 to link Montparnasse with Montmartre! And of course, making the Gare Montparnasse a grandiose train station linking the west of France, and one of the main line stations in Paris, for which I use often now...Without leaving the Tour Montparnasse, possibly the best view of Paris from above.
Fondest memory: oh well, eating in its terraces, the bussle of the train station, the views from the tour M, the nice plazas and the history alors come on over, its Montparnasse.
Favorite thing: Paris is divided into 20 districts (arrondissements). At almost any newstand. you can buy the pocket size "Paris par Arrondissement", a complete book of Paris maps and transportation info (6.50 euros). This is the only guide you'll need for finding your way around Paris.
places of interest:
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Fondest memory: Pont Neuf
Pont des Arts
Favorite thing: Each arrondissement have its own city hall - this is the one right across the Pantheon - the Mairie of the 5th arrondissement.
Eiffel tower, boat trip on Seine, museums, night life, modern art exhibitions and fashion shows, museum of parfumes.
Fondest memory: Living in small appartment on Victor Hugo Boulevard some days.
This is the map of all the districts that I discribe in my travelogues. These places are really interesting.
In 10 years, I think that I'll finish my Paris page!!