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    L'Institut du Monde Arabe
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    Mouffetard
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    George Orwell's Digs in Paris!

    by BeatChick Updated Feb 12, 2008

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    Rue du Pot-de-Fer from rue Mouffetard
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    George Orwell's Apartment
    6, rue du Pot-de-Fer, tucked betwee rue Mouffetard & rue Tournefort.

    This is where the famous English author of 1984 and Animal Farm lived during his Down & Out in Paris & London days where he chronicled his homelessness & deprivation in Paris and in London. What? You haven't read it? Well, you MUST!

    I looked for his home my third trip, April 2003. Just as I found it & was gazing up in awe at the building, a grandmotherly French lady decked out in a crisp navy blue trenchcoat stopped to see if I was lost. I told her about Orwell's apartment. She quizzed, "Orwell?" and I thought she didn't know who he was so I wrote out his name and some titles of his books "Animal Farm" and "1984" and she nodded that "oui, oui" she knew who he was. In French, she indicated she'd lived in the area all her life and never knew the great English novelist ever lived there, right around the corner from where she lived. She was very pleased to know!

    Photos: November 2007
    1) Rue du Pot-de-Fer from rue Mouffetard
    2) Rue du Pot de Fer - Just to the right of the bright green awning is George Orwell's apartment.
    3) 58-62, Rue Mouffetard - entrance to rue de pot-de-fer.

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    Beautiful Little Street

    by Brehone Written May 14, 2004

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    In the 5th Arrondissement there is a charming little street called Rue Mouffetard. It's lined with cute little shops, bakeries and restaurants. I bought my first French Macroon on this street and wish I had bought a bunch more! It's one of the oldest streets in Paris not redone by Haussmann the architect and is an old remnant of a road to Rome via Lyon.

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    Bloody Past

    by Rixie Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    L'Ar��ne de Lut��ce

    I had heard that little remained of L’Arène de Lutèce, the last Roman ruins in Paris, so I expected to see maybe part of a wall and a couple of steps. I was amazed to discover that it’s an entire arena! It's now located in a calm and quiet neighborhood. Hard to imagine gladiators fighting one another to the death, blood pooling in the sand.

    Métro: Place de Monge or Jussieu. Follow the signs.

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    A Roman Arena in Paris!

    by rexvaughan Written Nov 5, 2004

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    Arenes de Lutece

    I was surprised when our freind Lionel took us to see a Roman arena right in the heart of the Contrescarpe but there it was. As you can see, it is a great place for a Sunday soccer match. I suspect you could find boules being played here during the week. It is just off rue Monge as it runs south from Blvd St. Germain. So much of Paris was redone by the Revolution and by Haussmann that you don't find many reminders that this city has been here for 2000 years.

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    Mouffetard...Great Market, Great Neighborhood

    by tpal Written May 3, 2008

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    Sometimes you are just lucky. That's the way we felt when we discovered Rue Mouffetard.

    The first bit of good luck was our decision to take the Number 7 Metro to the Place Monge stop rather than the Censier-Daubenton stop. Once again, we were on one of our many quests for the best neighborhood market. We were aware that the market ran between the two Metro stops but little else. As it turns out, Rue Mouffetard is a very steep street which happily runs downhill :-) from Place Monge.

    The second bit of good luck was the neighborhood itself. This is the kind of place we always seek. The narrow street lined with charming but not ostentatious buildings was teaming with local shoppers who stopped as often to socialize as to purchase the marvelous array of of local offerings. This is more a neighborhood to live in than to visit...still, we truly loved our brief visit.

    Intro Photo: From the bottom of the "hill" the charm of Rue Mouffetard reveals itself most clearly. This is a truly vibrant and diverse neighborhood.

    Photo 2: On the way down we passes several wonderful bakeries including this place which could have been created for a movie set but was totally authentic.

    Photo 3: This building at 134 Rue Mouffetard houses the well known Androquet cheese shop and an Italian deli. The real attraction, however, is the facade which depicts wild boar, deer and many wild birds on the upper floors. The first floor (above the ground floor) depicts pastoral scenes from probably the 18th century.

    Photo 4: Details of four of the panels from the facade at 134 Rue Mouffetard.

    Photo 5: At the bottom of Rue Mouffetard in the Square Saint Medard is the main fresh market. Immediately behind the produce stands is the 9th Century church St-Médard.

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    Ancient Rome in the 5th arr.

    by jglsongs Written Jan 6, 2004

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    Arennes de Lut��ce

    The Arennes de Lutèce is the only Roman ruin left standing in Paris. It's very, very easy to miss; right off Rue Monge, the entrance is through a park up a flight of steep, stone stairs. Once inside, you can watch locals play boule. Not too bad for a local neighborhood "playground."

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    Vth - The Mosque

    by Maillekeukeul Updated Jul 15, 2005

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    Few people know that, close to the "Jardin des Plantes" (a beautiful garden where you can find a geology and biology museum, as well as a zoo, a micro-zoo (to watch the bacteria around !!!) and a huge greenhouse...), the most famous Mosque welcomes every tourist around, ready to visit its inner temple, to have a tea accompanied with some delicious oriental cakes in its gardens or just to contemplate its architecture from outside...
    The place is not far from the Metro stations "Censier Daubenton" and "Jussieu".

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    History of Paris markers

    by rexvaughan Updated Nov 12, 2004

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    Royal edict

    I think these signs are relatively new as I have not seen them before but they are all around the city marking historic spots. This one is at the lower end of rue Mouffetard next to the St. Medard Church. As I don't read French, I asked my friend (VTer GUYON), and he explained that there was a contoversy surrounding a group of Protestants, the jansenistes, and claims of visions and miracles in the church graveyard. I think the graveyard was closed and someone posted a sign: By order of the King, God is forbidden to perform miracles here. Talk about self-confidence! At any rate watch for these black and red signs and I hope you can read them better than I.

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    Arene de Lutece -- * 5e

    by shrimp56 Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    The entrance

    Arene de Lutece is Paris' genuine Roman arena left over from the Roman occupation of these parts in the 1st century CE. At this time was called Lutetia. The only other Roman remains are the public baths at the Cluny.

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    Christian : the accordion player

    by GUYON Updated Apr 26, 2009

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    A unique spectacle : the accordion player of the Marche Mouffetard during the Sunday morning (and ferial day) from 11AM to 2PM.

    He is not a simple accordion player and a street singer, he is also a magician who is able to make the croud singing and dancing on old French songs. People distribute the words of the songs in order you can sing with the others. If you wish to see a typical French market with a free performance ...

    Have a look at the travelogue 'Rue Mouffetard' to see why he is not a street singer like the others and at the travelogue 'Street Singers' to see his colleagues.

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    Wachting football in the arena of Lutèce!!!

    by ptitetoile Written Nov 23, 2004

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    The children take advantage of the large sandy arena of the amphitheater of Lutèce to play football! Yes, it is a historical place but it has still a social fonction today!!
    I loved the fact that history and current way of life can meet so well! The gladiators are gone, but the footballer are there! What a great playground !

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    Rue Mouffetard

    by Nemorino Updated Jul 27, 2013

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    Rue Mouffetard
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    This is an old narrow street in the 5th arrondissement with numerous shops, restaurants and pubs and a more or less permanent street market.

    The street runs from Square Saint-Médard in the south up to Place de la Contrescarpe in the north.

    In earlier times this was a desperately poor area, as described by Victor Hugo in Les Misérables and by George Orwell in Down and Out in Paris and London, among many other writers.

    Fourth photo: The southern end of Rue Mouffetard is now closed off to motor vehicles most of the time. The whole street is closed off from 10:00 to 18:00 on Sundays and holidays, all year round, for Paris respire (Paris breathes), when the streets in this neighborhood and fifteen other Paris neighborhoods are reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and skaters.

    Fifth photo: Square Saint-Médard, at the lower (south) end of the Rue Mouffetard, is the sort of French ‘square’ that puzzles us English speakers because it is not shaped like a square but rather like a circle. This ‘square’ or circle by the church of Saint-Médard is known for its tradition of singing and dancing every Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00, usually led by the singer and accordion player Christian Bassoul.

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    L'Institut du Monde Arabe

    by shrimp56 Written Mar 27, 2006

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    This building was one of Francois Mitterrand's 'Grand Projects'. It was built in 1987-88 and is considered one of Mitterrand's successes. It pulled together a number of organizations and services for the Moslem community in Paris as well as for visitors interested in Islamic culture. The is a Hamman, a tearoom, a books hop, a film theatre as well as frequent major exhibitions.
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    It is located at 1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard next to University of Paris VI along the Seine. You can find out more about its architecture on this site: http://www.imarabe.org/perm/ima/batiment_main.html

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    Have a the a la menthe by the Paris Mosque

    by carlisa Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    Paris Mosque Restaurant

    When you are tired of the yummy menus of the French chefs, of Italian restaurants, and Asian food, try this exotic place hidden outside the Paris Mosque: the cafe/restaurant has a pleasant garden in the heart of Paris and offers mint tea and couscous at moderate prices. You will also find a a hammam located in this lavish oriental ambiance. 39 rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire 75005 PARIS.

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    The Great Mosque of Paris

    by GUYON Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Great Mosque of Paris

    The GREAT MOSQUE of PARIS : place du Puits de l'Hermite (Métro : Monge or Jussieu). It is paid by Saoudit Arabia

    9:00AM to 12:00 & 2:00PM to 6:00PM

    A very pretty building

    Guided visit. When we visited the guide told us the women do not have to go outdoor because that brings troubles... The femal attendance seemed a bit nervous.

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