A walk on the districts of Paris !! Part 11-20

These are the arrondissements or districts of Paris, and they are 20 in all even if four have been condense in Paris Centre, they still works for the post office !! I have other posts on them from a official nature of explanations ; this one will be more on the sightseeing of them, Of course, this will be on my black and white series, no pictures, As I think will be too long will split into two parts (10 each) , therefore this is A walk on the districts of Paris !! Part 11-20. Disclamer , of course these are not all will need a book and have plenty, but these are the ones not mention much but worth the detour. Hope you enjoy it as I.

We come to the 11éme arrondissement. Roquette, Faubourg Saint Antoine, Filles du Calvaire, Bastille, République, Nation ,etc, Having the Abbey of Saint Antoine des Champs, Enjoy the 14 rue Amelot and have a glass at the Clown Bar since 1907 ! stars on the ceilings and clowns on the wall,,, Wonderful spot on 75 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine with two successive solar cadran in the cour de l’étoile d’Or,the cadran dates from 1751 or 1757,By the rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine you have the passage de la Bonne Graine at No 115 , then at No 127 cour du Saint Esprit and on No 133 Passage and rue d la Main d’Or, By 225 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine you see the fountain de la Petite Halle built in the 18C, it was an open market that was gone by WWII, At the 2 rue de la Roquette you enter the Passage du Cheval Blanc with a long axis succeding small courtyards, By 5 rue de Charonne , the cour Saint Joseph has two long courtyards bordered with buildings, Here you can go back in time to the last century with housing that can look dirty, At 26 rue de Charonne, you have the passage Lhomme with shops with deep cellars, At the corner of the rue de Charonne and rue Faidherbe you have the imposing palais de la femme de l’Armée du salut or the Salvation Army built in 1925, At No 36 rue Saint Bernard you see the Church Sainte Marguerite with vaults and oeils de bœuf dating to the 12C, It has a Chapelle des Ames du Purgatoire (souls in purgatory) intended for burials, In its cemetery there is a grave that many think is the one of the child perished in the temple in 1794 or Louis XVII son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, A first autopsy could not determine he is as it seems a bit older.

We go now to the 12éme arrondissement. Bercy and Sainte Mandé,,,Furniture town see the cour du Bel Air by 56 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine many shops there, See more of it by 66 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine and the passage du Chantier, For a change see many artists craftmen by the cour D’Alsace Lorraine go the end of the ally, Nearby the Impasse Mousset shops houses, See at 35 rue de Picpus where the former Sisters of the Sacre Heart and the Adoration lived, It has a small cemetery with a niche where the Marquis de La Fayette is buried humbly (he who help US Independance), At the end there is a well where were thrown the bodies of the barbery of the French revolution; it has a small monument at the end of the garden marking the cave chapel where in 1794 the dead were stripped of their clothing, For a better look see the Villa Bel Air with the trails of la Lieutenance and of Merisiers bordering the old railroad line of the Petite Ceinture now a nice promenade. Also call the coulée verte or promenade plantée from the Bois de Vincennes,you can gain the place de la Bastille where the old train station is now the Opéra Bastille, At 181 avenue Daumesnil was the former train station of Reuilly, You can see taking avenue des Terroirs de France the old wine storage of Bercy, The Quai de Bercy has one of the last remaining strongholds of the fortified wall of Paris.

We continue to the 13éme arrondissement. Discreet and charming villages , the Butte aux Cailles, and the Gare d’Austerlitz. Stop by 65 boulevard Arago and the building for workers of the Cité Fleurie done in 1880 with the material taken from the Universal Exposition of 1878, At 58 avenue des Gobelin, the cinema by the same name dating from 1868 was sculpture in part by Auguste Rodin, See at 17 rue des Gobelins the Chateau de la Reine Blanche from the 15C, At the Place Paul Verlaine see the well given water at 28C for the pool of the Butte aux Cailles, Also, the first human flight took place here on November 21 1783 with the “Pilâtre de Rozier” taking off from the Château de la Muette (16eme now gone) done in balloon for 1,5 hours and landing in the square ! Also, the Villa Daviel with workers houses from the 19C.

Let’s continue to the 14éme arrondissement. Artist shops in open air Montrouge,Gentilly, Vaugirard, villages taken to Paris in 1860. See at 198 avenue du Maine an imposing building from 1875 and the place of the first film projection, In 1948 the building was name the palais d’Orléans to house a workers union, By the Rue Didot you see several villas open to all such as Collet, Deshayes,Duthy, Mallebay, all paved and nice, At 105-107 the most beautiful Villa Jamot, By the boulevard Jourdan you have the cité universitaire from the 1920’s. Each building shows the architecture of the country it houses, For nostalgia done in 1933 we have the Fondation Rosa Abreu de Grancher or Cuba house done to house Cuban students. Then move on to the Parc Montsouris done in 1878 with the square Montsouris done in 1922, where in the rue Georges Braque the shop of the painter is preserve at No 6, Rue du Parc de Montsouris has wonderful building to see such as at No 8, There is plenty more like this by the avenue Réne Coty such as No 1 rue Saint Yves at No 11 the house call du Souvenir done in 1925, The rue Hallé with the villa Hallé, and back to the avenue René Coty running behind the house of La Rochefoucauld founded in the 18C under the name of royal house of health with great views to the aqueduct of Arcueil, We come to the Montparnasse cemetery and its old mill of the charity, By the 261 boulevard Raspail the architect Nouvel has given a nicer look to the Fondation Cartier with thoughts that it was Chateaubriand who planted the cedar tree there.

And we arrive at the 15éme arrondissement. An air of the province , countryside with the villages of Grenelle and Vaugirard annexed to Paris in 1860, You see here the small parc Georges Brassens near the metro station Porte de Vanves, It is done on the old site of slaughterhouses and preserve the horses hall by rue Brancion, See the Rue Santos Dumont, whre lived Georges Brassens and where a ttrail takes you to the villa Santos Dumont where came known artists such as Zadkine, The Passage de Dantzig with its la Ruche or beehive ; on this former buiding for the wines of the Univeral Exposition of 1900 were created a city of arts where worked Matisse, Chagall, Modiglioni, Zadkine, Brancusi, etc, By 134-136 rue Blomet there is a small chapel neo gothic, run by the Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres, At 91 rue Lecourbe you see the Orthodox Church Saint Séraphin, At 40 avenue Félix Faure you see on the door of a building from 1907 sculpture a scene from the La Fontaine, Le Corbeau et le Renard ( The Fox and the Raven) as well as a portrait of the writer.

We are in one of my favorites the 16éme arrondissement. Crazy hotels Chaillot to Passy with Auteuil. See by Rue de la Pompe at the crossing of rue de la Tour and rue Descamps you see a small chalet and further a tower that looks like it came out from a mill, Thanks to the Universal Exposition of 1867 , the look at the Villa Beausejour was done between 1870 and 1890, The wood coming from the Russian pavilion as well as bricks and stones, The rue de Passy starting in the Impasse des Carriéres, Rue Raynouard, with a huge stair (yes) to the Rue Charles Dickens, At 42 Rue Raynouard you see a stair that takes you to no 47 and the maison-musée Balzac, yes ! By the Rue Berton you think you are in medieval Paris and at the end a plaque tells you that in 1731 here were the limits of Passy and Auteuil ! At 14 rue La Fontaine see the project that put Hector Guimard on the world map, the house was done 1897-1898, the job done was name Castel Béranger, At 17 rue La Fontaine you come into the Café Antoine a very small bar where all is the same since 1911 when it was built as well as the isle created by Guimard, Again at 34 rue Boileau you see the nice house done by Guimard in 1891 call Maison Roszé, Now by 38 rue Boileau, you see with permission from the historical monument house you see a hamlet done in 1838 with beautiful alleys with the name of famous writers, the manoir at No 8 avenue Despréaux done by a Danjoy specialist on restoration of Cathedrals is awesome, There are many wonderful mansions here such as the Villa Cheysson, Emile-Meyer, Dietz, Monnin just south of boulevard Exelmans, Near the Avenue de la Frilliére and the Hameau Michel-Ange are worth a visit.

And we are getting there with the 17éme arrondissement. A quiet district indeed with the old village of Monceau and Ternes and more lively Place de Clichy. See La Cité des Fleurs long street with flower shops and nice mansions goes from the rue de la Jonquiére to the Avenue de Clichy, I could not confirm but the doors on the rue de la Jonquiére are closed between 19h30 and 6h30 and the dogs are not allowed ! A universe apart done in 1847, By 28 rue Lemercier has charming humble homes with exception at no 11 Hôtel du Chalet where a Jacques Brel that rented a room in 1960 then kept it without living in it ! Just until his departure for the Marquises islands. By the Place du Docteur Félix Lobligeois you see the nice Church Sainte Marie des Batignolles raised in 1828, The square des Batignolles has a lake, a river, cascade, trails under trees a miniature world done in 1862, The Passage Geoffroy Didelot comes from the rue des Dames to boulevard des Batignolles and was opened in 1843, The rue de Lévis is pedestrian and very nice ambiance inside a real neighborhood See the 1 place du Général Catroux has many things like the former Banque de France, a statue to the Muskeeteers of A Dumas, and an old building with black gutters in gold inspired from the Chàteau de Blois et de Gien. At No 132-134 rue de Courcelles, see a wonderful Art Nouveau building done in 1907, The nice 67bis Avenue de Wagram has a hidden passage behind the buildings that takes you to the rue Poncelet ; the transition between the avenue de Wagram chic, and rue Poncelet with the daily market,and the passage Poncelet makes it longer to no 12 rue Laugier, And at rue Bayen formely rue de l’Arcade, has under a building that is the only remains of the former Château des Ternes.

We reach the 18éme arrondissement. All is the hill or butte of Montmartre. One nice one is at 22 rue des Saules with the cabaret Au Lapin Agile, The desing of the logo was done by André Gill so therefore the name, Facing the wall of the Saint Vincent cemetery where are buried Marcel Aymé, Maurice Utrillo, Eugéne Boudin, etc, Rue des Saules was the former vineyard of Montmartre, By the rue de l’Abreuvoir you see a pretty pink house that painted Utrillo and takes you to the Allée des Brouillards, Along there is an old building from the 18C where lived Gérard de Nerval and was called at the time Château des Brouillards, From here you have a wonderful view of the Basilica of Sacré Coeur, By the Villa Léandre on avenue Junot you see several houses on the English style from the 1930’s, This is a very nice area for walks even if many are private homes,By 22 rue de Tourlaque you have many pavilions taken from the Universal Exposition of 1889 and house many artists such as Renoir, Derain, Bonnard, etc, At 28 rue Tholozé you see the studio 28 a cinema from the 1928 in a theater from the end of the 19C, Jean Cocteau was the supporter and designe the lights of the room,you have now a cinema of arts and trial, See the Impasse Marie Blanche with a beautiful building of a garage and two gas pumps there is a pink mansion with a small tower and woodwork scuptures, All in a neo Gothic style. Go by the boulevard de Clichy and see 94 the cité Véron where Boris Vian and Jacques Prévert grew up, In the Cité du Midi you see the former bathrooms of the showers of Pigalles one of the last of Paris,The famous too famous place du Tertre and the Church St Pierre de Montmartre with a facade dating from the 18C, however , is one of the oldest church in Paris the only remains of the former abbey Benedictine of Montmartre lost during the French revolution.

And we are in the 19éme arrondissement. The key to the countryside and the village of La Villette and part of Belleville, the Canal de l’Ourcq is a pleasant ride. At 44 rue de Flandres you see an old Israeli cemetety where the owner of the former auberge l’Etoile allow the poor jews to buried their families, The owner is the Consistory of Israel of Paris and can be visit with permission, At 62 avenue Jean Jaurés is home since 1862 to the Compagnon du devoir du tour de France (duty companions of France) who still lives the « mother » On the side of rue des Ardennes you see sculpture portals with the instruments of work, Front you see statues of Father Soubise, master Jacques, and king Salomon, The house at 194 avenue Jean Jaurés is the last remaining evidence of the slaughterhouses of the Villette together with the renovated buildings of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. At 93 rue de Crimée you have the Institute of Russian Orthodox Theology, Later on see the Church of Saint Serge, First was a protestant temple and then Orthodox as now, By the Avenue Simon Bolivar you go by a stair and reach a suspended city ! Where you can see the Basilica Sacre Coeur, and Tour Eiffel, The village of the Butte Bergeyre can be reach by it too as well as by the avenue Mathurin Moreau, and the rue Georges Lardennois, The oldest houses date from 1925-1930, By the Rue Augustin Thierry you have tiny square with great views from the lighhouse of medieval origins head of the aqueduct of Belleville, 9 meters underground, By the south of the place de Rhin et Danube you have several workers houses and villa Félix Faure, des Lilas, Carnot, d’Alsace etc,

And we reach the end with the 20éme arrondissement. When the villages of Belleville, Ménilmontant, and the hamlet of Charonne were annexed to Paris in 1860. The popular Paris, Go to the rue Piat takes you to the summit for a view of Paris, At 42 rue des Cascades facing the rue de Savies you see a house of dolls here the religious of Saint Martin kept an eye on the aqueduct and canals to irrigate their gardens, See their building from the 18C, By 25 rue Boyer see the cooperative La Bellevilloise that deliver goods to the people in the area, By 5-7 rue d’Annam a workers quarters was built By the Place de la Porte de Bagnolet the streets of rue Paul Strauss, rue Iréne Blanc and rue Jules Sigfried have a combination of individual houses name la campagne de Paris or the countryside of Paris, In 1908 the land was purchase and the houses were open in 1926, 89 of them, You can reach them by the rue Géo Chavez, or the boulevard Mortier, By the Rue de Bagnolet, at the heights of the rue des Balkans you have a pavilion, park, behind a grille door, A plaque tells you here «served as a refuge for the royalist conspirators who tried to save Louis XVI on January 21, 1793 » A bit further and you reach the Gardens of the Hospice Debrousse and come closer you read l’Ermitage de 1734 only remains of the Château de Bagnolet, Go up this street and see the Church Saint Germain de Charonne the only one in Paris (other than St Pierre de Montmartre) that still has a cemetery,  We know the church was renovated in the 15C , the cemetery is call de Charonne, Up again by 35 rue de Bagnolet you see the Villa Riberolle, with identical houses up the limits come into the wall of the Pére Lachaise cemetery, Finally, by the Rue des Haies, south of boulevard de Charonne , in the neighborhood of la Réunion see many nice views of impasse narrow and popular ambiance such as the Impasse Rolleboise, impasse des Souhaits, impasse de Bergame, impasse des Crins, impasse de Poule, and impasse de Casteggio. Take advantage to see them before these popular place disappears from the Paris scene.

The Paris tourist office on the arrondissement de Paris: https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/arrondissements-paris

There you go folks, Paris never cease to amaze me in all my years of visiting, and working in it. Paris is eternal and I hope to have bring you along some interesting spots of it. Again, hope you it as I, and thanks for reading me over the years.

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

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