Paris and my 17éme!

Again, difficult to choose a title after so many it can be confusing lol!!! Anyway, this is my walking beats of Paris and I like to share one more with you. I thank you for your readership over the years and to bear with my rants! After Paris is to rant shout and yelled about me think.

I happened to have worked there for 10 years before moving west to Brittany, and lucky enough to still visited almost every month since. My latest took me to the 15éme,16éme a bit but the 17éme is great too. Let me tell you a bit about the non tourist Paris if we can call them that.

I had time to stay by the Jardin Atlantique on the roofstop of the Gare Montparnasse a place of heavenly thoughts with its beautiful basin of Miroitements and the ile des Hésperides island right on it so green and peaceful. A large mirror captures the sun’s rays and illuminates the bassin des Miroitements (shimmer), which is in the shade most of the time. This is just around the corner from my old office location in rue des Departs. I still come by here into Paris each time!

The Jardin Atlantique or Atlantic Garden is in the Necker quartier or neighborhood of the 15éme arrondissement or district of Paris. The site is accessible by the 1, Place des Cinq-Martyrs-du-Lycée-Buffon.  Also by the Place Raoul Dauty  or the Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte. The Metro Montparnasse-Bienvenue on lines lines 4, 6, 12, and 13 (stop Gaîté) , and the line 6 Pasteur as well as the bus lines 88, and 91 takes you here. It is a heaven when need to kill some time or just walk around after a long day’s work or visiting…

This hanging garden was built in 1994 on a slab that covers the station platforms that were previously in the open air. it was built above the tracks of the Montparnasse train station, on an area of 3.5 hectares, and surrounded by bars of buildings of the whole Maine-Montparnasse complex . A large square lawn with no access is the center of the park. It is crossed in the center by an alley that leads to the fountain of the Island of Hesperides where there is a portico whose on each foot houses a weather equipment and which supports a large orientable mirror. The garden offers a playground for children, whose configuration made up of small squares and cashed paths, stands in stark contrast to the rest of the park. This area is overflown by a long curved pedestrian walkway. The park also offers a weight-training area, tennis courts, ping-pong tables and guided tours. The 130 hoppers in the garden allow the station and the underground parking lot built below to be ventilated in a plant-based environment.

City of Paris on the Atlantic garden

Tourist office of Paris on the Atlantic garden

I made connection on metro line 13 and then line 3 to reach my hotel at the 17éme  arrondissement or district of Paris. Hotel Magellan was nice chosen by a local  and is full of history as it was there that the NASA folks who came for the Paris Air Show of 2001 stayed and their autographs photos are hang on the wall. Webpage :

A boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Place de l’Etoile and the Palais des Congres. Close to the Arc de Triomphe, Hotel Magellan is a 3-star hotel in the heart of the 17th arrondissement of Paris. Whether it’s a business stay in the capital or a tourist weekend in Paris, you’ll find the Magellan’s welcome and services of a boutique hotel, at the crossroads of major Parisian business and tourism centers. This hotel allows you to enjoy the unexpected tranquility of a charming indoor garden. On the edge of the gardens of Boulevard Péreire, the hotel is part of the surrounding Haussmannian architecture, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of Paris.Great indeed!


Once here gave me a quick reminder of how beautiful Paris is all over, not one spot that is not to be avoided, and this part of the 17éme is gorgeous as well !

I literally walked on Boulevard Pereire to reach the Porte Maillot as walking is great and in Paris sublime!  While there was time for something to eat and so much around well opted for a familiar one as know the area well.


I just stop by for coffee and pastries at Le Congres Maillot  80 Avenue de la Grande-Armée, 17éme  as used to do consulting work off ave Amiral Bruix. Webpage:

The Le Congres Maillot is a rare place in today’s Paris where you will be allowed, if you wish, to take the time to enjoy the present moment whether with family, couple or friends. With kindness we were comfortably settled, The given menu card were good advice knowing how to present the dishes accurately, the wines related to the chosen dish, affable without being obsequious, discreet while wielding this touch of humor without being firm. Love it and great views of the square!


And for my late night escape came back to the porte de Champeret and had a blast with old friends at Le Chope Champeret before heading to the place de la Republique at Casa del Campo (now closed) for a wild late evening.

I just needed to walk along bd Pereire and as always it was heavens to walk Paris streets again !!!!! Let me tell you a bit of history on this section of Paris that needs to be visited more me think.

The Bd Pereire as said is in the 17éme arrondissement of Paris. The boulevard is formed by two tree-lined lanes, located on either side of the Auteuil line and whose boundaries are on the odd numbers side:the departure from Rue de Jouffroy-d’Abbans and arrivals on avenue de la Grande-Armée; on the even numbers side: depart from part of the rue de Saussure  and arrive on the boulevard Gouvion-Saint-Cyr. The length of the boulevard Pereire is of 2,540 meters and its width ranges from 17 to 44 meters rounded. The boulevard Pereire crosses the Place du Maréchal-Juin , and the Place de Wagram.

The boulevard takes its name from Émile Pereire, dealer of the Auteuil rail line. The Boulevard Pereire north and south was developed from 1852 to 1854 in connection with the construction of the Auteuil line, at the junction of the line from Paris to Saint-Germain-en-Laye  by a company founded by the Pereire brothers, on the territory of the towns of Batignolles-Monceaux and Neuilly between the wall of the General Farmers and the Thiers precinct, which was not annexed to the City of Paris in 1860. In the 1860s and 1880s, villas or mansions were built along the boulevard Peréire, and from the 1870s, Haussmann-style buildings were built.


Some famous names that had lived on this bd Pereire according to many sources are  at No 2 : en 1871, the photographer Léon Crémière lived on his studio . No 19 : lived Maurice Ravel from 1901 to 1905. No 54 : home of poet Miguel Zamacoïs. No 56 the actrice Sarah Bernhardt died here on March 26 1923. No 149 :The lyric artist Numa Auguez  lived here, and also lived and died the painter Jean Veber ,a plaque is hang to remember this memory. No 173 , the painter Pierre-Gaston Rigaud lived from 1913 to 1939,later his son  Jean Rigaud, from the 1950’s to 1999. No 241 : Seat of the fives or La Cinq ;the composer and architect Robert Planquette and Émile Bénard lived here.

In literature; the boulevard Pereire  is the main place of action of the novel Scream from the Deep (1951), by Georges Duhamel, describing the life of a pharmaceutical company under the Occupation. The author situates the company Dardaille, Winterberg and Co. which undergoes a name change because of the Jewishness of its partner, as well as the very name of the boulevard during WWII. During the Occupation, a name change was proposed by Captain Paul Sézille, director of the Institute for the Study of Jewish Issues, because of the Jewish origin of the Pereire brothers. He suggested to the SS Theodor Dannecker the name “Edward Drumont Boulevard” after the famous anti-Semitic agitator. This project was not successful.

Tourist office of Paris on Bd Pereire

Again, walking is wonderful and in Paris sublime! I do walk even if love the car but that is just to get there hehehe once in town, my feet are like well better than a GPS! or it must be my brain lol! Do recommended again when in Paris walk as much as you can. Enjoy the 15, 16 and 17éme arrondissements of Paris and especially do walk Bd Pereire!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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14 Comments to “Paris and my 17éme!”

  1. This is awesome 😎Maybe I will in September 😉👍🏼


  2. Know the Congres Maillot well and have enjoyed oysters there many a time. As you know, I love wandering around Paris’s différent arrondissement s.

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  3. I thought you might be at a Bastille Party today!

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