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Passage Piver, 11th.
Halfway between Belleville and the Canal St Martin is this tiny passage that opens out into a street and onto square Jules Verne. First off we find another pretty unknown theatre '" Le theatre de Belleville", although it is one of the oldest in Paris, dating from 1850 and offering 96 seats. Renovated in 2011 it now has A/C installed. Further along the passage on the right is the old factory of Spring Court, manufacturer in the '30s of tennis shoes worn by generations. John Lennon and Serge Gainsbourg were also spotted wearing them besides Réné Lacoste and "les Mousquetaires" of Davis Cup fame in the '30s. The factory was during 9 years the main seat of the photo agency "Magnum" where Carter-Bresson and Depardon would pass.
Today the factory has been turned over to young designers and creators, although it is still owned by the Grimmeisen family. Camera firm Hasselblad has their offices here as does Philippe Leray, graphist, who designed the latest album cover for Mme Sarkozy, Carla Bruni.
Nearest metro is Goncourt.
28, rue de Charenton, 12th.
Not far from the Bastille Opera lies the Quinze-Vingts Opthalmic hospital at no 28 rue de Charenton. Just by the main portal are the landmarks showing the great floods of Paris from January 1910, and much higher the one from 1740.
On this site Louis XIV created a barracks for the Black Musketeers, black being the colour of their dress, around 1700. The building was affected as a hospice for 800 blind people in 1780 and then as an opthalmic hospital which it still is today. The history sign outside says only the left wing and the portal remain of the original building, but the left wing has now been demolished and a brand new modern building erected in its place.
Bastille is the closest metro.
Other courtyards on faubourg St. Antoine. 11th.
These photos show how the age is telling on some of these places, dampness and insalubrity following. But still worth the detour to have a look as there are some nooks and crannies that are worth getting the camera out for. UPDATE 31.05.2011 - Have just received a paper from "Paris historique" that the interieur of Cour St. Louis is due to be demolished soon. The building frontage on the street being late 17th c. will be preserved, but if you want to see the rest, make it quick. On the other side of Cour St. Louis, just above the door (always closed) on the rue de Lappe is the small statuette of St. Louis. 2nd photo.
There are other passages and courtyards in the area that I haven't visited yet, notably : Cour de la Maison Brulée, Passage de la Boule Blanche, Cour des 3 freres etc.
Ledru Rollin or Bastille are the nearest metros.
Rue Denoyez, 20th.
Down at the bottom of Belleville, close to the Belleville metro is rue Denoyez. At first the colours shock and the deterioration of the facades is quite visible but this "quartier" was one of the first to stand up and be counted in various conflicts throughout the centuries and was a prime mover in the Commune of 1871. So artists gravitated naturally to the area and over the last 20 years has been largely marginalised by the "bo-bo" community that lives up the hill.The main reason to allow this to happen of course, is that this is the last part of Belleville to be on the agenda for demolition. Whist waiting for that to happen it does make for a colourful sight for some, and an eyesore for others.
Closest metro is Belleville.
Villa de l'Ermitage, 20th.
Lost in the backwaters of the 20th, behind the Parc de Belleville, the villa is still full of sculptors and artists. Retaining a country air, it is also home to a few families of West Africans, some of whom are squatting one of the houses, though nobody seems to have anything to say about it. A couple of people stopped me for a chat, obviously having lost nothing of their African hospitality, whilst trying to sell me bits and pieces. We had a good laugh when they found out how much time I'd actually spent in their homeland. But, no photos of them, for obvious reasons.
Closest metro is Pelleport.
Passage des Soupirs, 20th.
Another alley that manages to combine ancient with modern and has its own personal touch in the form of a community garden. Unfortunately some idiot tagger has done some of his stupid work in the passage and ruined the possibility of more photos. At no 15 finally there is still the trace of the painted sign "La Manufacture Parisienne de Perles" on the disused factory at the end of the street, sign that dates from early 20th c. but the workers have since long gone.
Gambetta is the closest metro.
21 rue de la Chine, 20th.
There is a rather sad and poignant story attached to what is, a rather banal bunch of photos. Whilst working on the above building, the stonemason was called up for service on the 21st July 1914 to go to the front in WWI. He had been working on the decoration of the front entrance and was halfway down the right hand leg when he left the job. History has it that his boss waited a year after the end of the war to see if his mason would return, and when he didn't, had the simple epitaph seen here, cut into the unfinished frieze.
"Souvenir of the war,
Abandonned by the sculptor,
21st July 1914".
It was decided to leave the frieze as it was, and has never been finished. Unfortunately the years have also forgotten the fellers name.
Closest metro is Gambetta.
151 rue de Bagnolet/Villa des Lyanes, 20th.
The entrance into this villa is by the gateway at no 151 rue de Bagnolet. Be careful as you walk in here as it is a workplace with many old workshops still in use and at the far end there are vehicles turning. I really enjoy the age-old beauty and calm there is in these places. Although there is a main road not 30 metres away you can hardly hear a thing. Even small bushes of flowers have managed to grow and flourish here.
Gambetta and Pelleport metro are the closest.
Passage Boudin, 20th.
Another of the intemporal passages of the 20th arrondissement where time has no hold. Photographer Willy Ronis has a superb photo of this passage taken around 1965, and the cobbles are exactly the same. Of course the same housewife is no longer there but the walls are...plus the graffiti !!!!!
35 rue Clavel, 19th.
One more place with interest if you keep your nose off the floor. This piece of mosaic is on the wall and is testament to a workship that was here but disappeared at the end of the 19th c. and made combs, over 110 years ago !! The anecdote comes with the "why was it here ?". The fact is that the 19th arrondissement is where the area where the old abattoirs of the Villette were situated. Abattoirs mean cows and bulls that have horns and quality combs were made of horn in those far-off days. Since, plastic has been invented.....
Walk Paris nice places
Paris has so much to offer,and my writing style is short and sassy, leave to better writers to describe them but its more than a movable feast, its a virus with no cure, stays with you for life, I call it Parisinitis.
here are some photos that tells of Paris to many,and will bring new ones to seek the beauty of this wonderful city, the city of lights and dreams.
American Legion Pershing Hall, ave Pierre Charron
This is now for events and meetings but while the US troops wre in Europe in 1917, it was the HQ of General John Pershing( he who said the famous words upon landing in France, "Lafayette, we are here"); it became after 1918,the circle of officers of the American Legion.
American Cathedral, Avenue George V.
Théatre de la Porte Saint Martin,18 Boulevard Saint-Martin ,was first an opera ,the Opéra de la Porte Saint-Martin built in 1781 par decision of the queen Marie-Antoinette, later became a theater,still there wonderful.
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, what can I say about the grand lady of Paris.
night and daytime shot on the back parc vert galant from the Institut du Monde Arabe terraces.
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Walk Paris like a parisien
well another popular demand and this one is agree by the Paris tourist office and many friends who told me so I can tell you to move and walk in Paris above ground. Also recommended by your Trip Advisor.
You will have local folks walk you around Paris and show you some interesting stuff you might missed hurry up to see all. The favorite rides are Montmartre,Notre Dame,and Left Bank/latin Quarter
They have many trails to do too,
Paris landmarks, left bank, notre dame, evening river, montmartre, trendy marais,etc
tours are in English and last from 60 to 90 minutes; and you pay what you think the trip was worth, up to you.
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Foreign Leaders in Paris
I found it very interesting while walking around Paris to see that a number of foreign leaders were honored in Paris. Some had statues, some had avenues named after them, some had Plazas.
It just seemed to me that in Paris there were far more foreign leaders honored than in most places.
Avenue du Président Kennedy- RER station on Line C
George V- King of England during World War II- Metro Station and Avenue George V
Franklin D Roosevelt- President of the United States during World War II- Metro Station and Avenue Franklin D Roosevelt
Simon Bolivar- liberator of the Americas- Avenue Simon Bolivar , 19th arr.
Avenue Woodrow Wilson- President of the United States attended the Peace Conference
Statue of George Washington- First President of the United States
(thanks to VT member Wabat for pointing out Av. Wilson, merci mate)
- Historical Travel
The northern "border" of interesting Paris is dotted wit a couple of arches with few differences except size. The biggest one, St Denis was built in 1672 and restored in 1988.
Twenty five meters high, it has some bas reliefs, and sculpted elements. Side-by-side with St Martin they represent the line between the touristy area and... the other.
Yes, it is frontier land!
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Mairie du IX
A little out of the touristy area I was surprised by a very beautiful building - the Mairie of the 9th quarter. It is installed in a palace coming from the 18th century, built to be used as a hotel - Augny hotel.
It's long and interesting history may be read in the Mairie's page (link below... in French)
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