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A village in Paris - La Butte-aux-Cailles

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

It is very windy in Paris today, and the last thing I wanted was to walk on Parisian avenues, with the wind blowing and making it hard to walk straight or even to breathe (I hate strong winds!). So I looked in my guide books and found THE perfect walk for today: la Butte-aux-Cailles, in the 13th arrondissement, in the Southern part of Paris.

I decided to drive there, to save my feet and weak ankle for the walk. I was lucky to find a parking space exactly where I wanted, at the beginning of the walk, outside this swimming pool built in 1924.

Then I turned in a little street called 'Rue des Cinq Diamants' (5 diamonds) and I was happy! It was exactly what I had hoped to find... Pretty houses and lots of flowers!

In the little square at the end of Rue Jonas, the fig tree was full of figs, and I loved their shape against the sky...

The clematis was in full bloom...

... and in Passage Barrault I understood why my guide book had recommended wearing good, comfortable shoes!

Although I couldn't go beyond the gate to La Petite Alsace on Rue Daviel, I could see enough to understand that it must be pretty nice living there!

But in my opinion not as nice as nearby Villa Daviel. I fell in love with number 18 and its wisteria.

Rue Michal felt a bit like Montmartre, with its early 20th century church, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Butte aux Cailles...

This Wallace fountain on Place de la Commune de Paris is one of the 120 of the French capital. They were built at the end of the 19th century.

On Rue de la Butte aux Cailles, there was a nice, friendly atmosphere.

I am not sure why someone would put their bag outside the window like this... Maybe to let it dry? Or to avoid hearing the phone ring? :) What do you think?

A few minutes later, off the Rue du Moulin des Prés, I reached Square des Peupliers and more village-like little houses...

Rue Dieulafoy down the street was just as charming...

I wish my photos could convey the wonderful smell...

I must say that, although I love Paris when it is gorgeous and impressive like on the Champs-Elysées or by the Eiffel Tower, I love it too when it looks like a village!

But on Rue Vandrezanne, this house felt more like a manor or a little castle, very different from the other ones in the area!

And then I was back near Place Paul Verlaine and its red chestnut trees, where I had parked...

I hope you enjoyed today's visit as much as I did! My feet are doing well, and my ankle is fine too. But it was only a one and a half hour walk, I was careful not to overdo it. Little by little, my feet will get used to the inserts and the problem will be sorted! :)

Thank you for reading! Have a sunny and happy week!
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    977 days ago
    I took your advise... in your July 07,2013 blog you had a link to this blog... and yes I could not resist a second walk with you today. Thank you for sharing. May the Lord shine his face upon you and Bless and always.
    1715 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    I loved the pictures Claire. Thank you for another wonderful walk. Enjoy!
    2143 days ago
    How charming indeed! It doesn't look like Paris at all, you're perfectly right. I'm glad you had such a nice time and you didn't overstress your feet and ankle. Good for you!
    2143 days ago
    Merci beaucoup for sharing your lovely walk! I could smell the wisteria because there's so much of it in bloom where I live, too. Quelle belle! (Forgive my terrible French, but I love trying anyway!) Your blog reminded me of why of love France, and Paris in particular, so much. What a perfect start to my day. Merci beaucoup encore!

    2144 days ago
    Lovely walk! Thank you Claire! Makes me long to come back to France and gay Paree! I love the wisteria, yes they do smell nice and also the clematis. Our Wisteria is not out yet in our garden. We have had high winds too and one of our trees blew over into next door's garden. I wish it would stop raining and its getting very cold again. Where oh where is spring? I think we had it for 2 weeks in March! LOL!
    emoticon Ellen
    2145 days ago
    Such a nice walk, full of spring colors. I missed what has been going on with your ankle. You have inserts? I have those too. I hope you adjust to them quickly. I hope you are well.
    2146 days ago
    Another great adventure.

    Thanks Claire. emoticon
    2146 days ago
    I certainly did enjoy your walk! Such lovely sights. And those figs! Yum! There is nothing like a fresh fig. Thank you for letting us join your walk.
    2146 days ago
    Tellement belle!! :-D
    2147 days ago
    Love it!
    2147 days ago
    J'aime bien les rues à pierres et les fleurs! J'espère que tu as un bon 1 mai! (pas de travail, oui?)
    à bientôt,
    2147 days ago
    I love the pictures, Claire - I don't know if I'll ever get to your area but really enjoy visiting it vicariously through your pictures so please keep posting!
    2147 days ago
    Thank you- I loved it!
    2147 days ago
    sooooo pretty! I want to go to Paris so bad and see it in person!!!!! i Love Paris!!!
    haily, freanns daughter
    2147 days ago
    Wow what fabulous photos! I always feel as though I am vacation in France when I read your wonderful blogs and see the beauty. Thank you for sharing!
    2148 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    If I stick enough postage stamps on my head, will you let me sleep on your couch? Oh, it looks SO BEAUTIFUL!!!
    2148 days ago
    Gorgeous photographs, you are really talented... your photo blog makes me feel like I am there!

    : )
    2148 days ago
    Peter and I were reviewing slides from our visit to Paris in 2005 recently, but with only 3 days in the city we didn't have time to explore anything more than the centre. thank you so much for sharing some of the out-of-the-way "villages" that make up the city. Wisteria is Peter's favourite scent, and I have planted a fine near the gate into our back garden. The first one died; I hope that the new one survives. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!
    2148 days ago
    Claire, I can see why you picked this walk! It was more sheltered and yet quite a nice day without the wind, sunny and pretty things to see. I didn't see this until today because of my mom going into the hospital yesterday. It was a nice pick me up today, thank you!

    That pretty girl bust was very fun! She was smiling and looking around the corner at the same time, make me wonder what she saw.

    I have a wisteria in my garden but it isn't blooming yet. It's small still, I only planted it last year.

    Thank you for the pictures!
    2148 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    What a lovely blog! I thoroughly enjoyed your walk particularly the wisteria which is one of my favourite plants. As for the bag outside the window.....perhaps the person bought some pungent cheese. emoticon
    2148 days ago
    Thank you for sharing, Claire! It's true that your photos can't convey the lovely smell of the flowers, but they convey SO much more than that! I really admire your ability to make things look so good - people, nature, architecture....
    I'm also glad you took it easy on your ankle. I imagine you're probably so excited about the possibilities with your new inserts, but it's good to start slowly.
    Have a great week!!
    2148 days ago
    Beautiful photos, and not at all like the Paris we think we know. Thanks for sharing it, and good luck with the ankle.
    2148 days ago
    I am missing France so badly at the moment. Thank you for making it feel a little closer. emoticon
    2148 days ago
    What a surprise blog! I thought you were going to stay in! You did well-not overdoing it! Love the village and all the photos you took! That swimming pool building almost looked like a castle! emoticon
    One of these days, maybe you could put up a blog of the Eiffel tower and Champs-Elysées-hint, hint! emoticon
    Walking is always a good stress reliever, I am so happy you were able to get out and enjoy yourself! emoticon emoticon
    2149 days ago
    As always your pics are wonderful. It's your talented eye that captures these wonderful pictures. Mine would not look as well.
    2149 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Thank you Claire, for introducing us to another part of Paris;) Your blogs and photos are always educational, as well as pleasing to the eye. I always watch for them (as I'm sure most of your sparkfriends do).

    Have a wonderful week:)
    2149 days ago
    What gorgeous wisteria! You are so right, this part of Paris is more like a village. It is so charming and inviting. It is definately beautiful!!
    I am so glad that your foot and ankle didn't hurt today. It's a good sign that you are on you way to complete healing. YAY!!
    I hope you get some warmer weather soon. We had some colder weather last week, but this week promises some very warm and sunny days.
    Take care, my lovely friend!! Have a wonderful week.

    Lots of love,
    2149 days ago
    What absolutely charming pictures! Yes, I find the bag hanging on the balcony curious too. I'm betting it got wet somehow and is drying out.

    Have a wonderful Monday!
    2149 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! Loved it emoticon
    2149 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    I didn't know Paris had such pretty houses and cobbled lanes and flowers everywhere! Gorgeous :-)
    Good idea to take it easy, you'll be fine in no time, fingers crossed ;-)
    Have a fantastic week!
    2149 days ago
    Hi, Claire. You rarely have people in your photos; those guys look very flattered that you were taking their picture!

    About the bag on the balcony, here's my theory: they attach it to a rope and drop it down to the street to carry up a bottle of milk :)

    Thanks for another lovely walk! Do you realize you could publish these photo essays? Perhaps create a website?
    2149 days ago
    just beautiful - so very different from my world and so wonderful to share it with you! emoticon emoticon
    2149 days ago
    Thank you for sharing yet another lovely walk and great pix, if you keep this up I will be homesick.The spring in Europe is so much more special than the spring in Florida
    (we go from fall to summer )it seems.
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    2149 days ago
    I loved you blog, you were in the most beautiful area, I have to say that I'm a bit jelous of the view. I'm glad that you were able to take everything in and that you feet and ankle are doing well!

    Have a great week!

    2149 days ago
    Oh how I love the photos . I read where there are 77 Sir Richard Wallace fountains that were financed by him. The 4 women figures holding up the fountain are interesting had to know what they represent which is kindness,sobriety,simplicity & charity. Claire you have so many places to explore in Paris it is like there are never ending places just waiting to be explored. Today we are full of sunshine but it is also very windy here in Pa.the wind is whipping the tree branches giving them a good shake,it is to get down to 28 degrees here tonight.Take good care of your ankle.
    2149 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/29/2012 4:26:32 PM
    I love the village-like, poet's Paris better than the monuments, actually. Wow, this is an incredible part of Paris - and also close to the Latin Quarter, I think, where I usually stay. It's on my agenda for 2014! Wow, only two years away. So many lovely things, thank you! emoticon
    2149 days ago
    looked at a house on rue Peupliers once ... very pretty walk ... what a gorgeous day it turned into (though still windy and cold). you were brave.
    2149 days ago
    I'm glad your ankle held up on the walk today. It's a lovely part of Paris!
    2149 days ago
    Our Daffodils and cowslips are still blooming we are a long way behind where your flowers are.
    Thanks again for posting such lovely photos. Well done do not overdo, I hope you have no pain tomorrow. Take it easy HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon BLOG. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2149 days ago
    Oh Claire, I LOVE the pictures from your walk today. It makes me imagine the places where my ancestors lived in these quaint and lovely villages from so many years ago. You are so fortunate to have such beautiful places nearby you.

    Where I live is beautiful too, but in a very different way. The western united states is just a baby compared to the history of europe. I really love both, but I cannot wait for the next time I can come to your country and immerse myself in the charm and beauty that is all around you. To join you in a lovely hike would be a real pleasure. : )

    I am happy to know you took it easy today and didn't walk too far or too long. And see what rewards you received from your beautiful walk today.

    You have inspired me to take more pictures on my walks and hikes and share them with my Sparkfriends. I walked on the beaches of Hood Canal yesterday and wished I had taken my camera with me.

    Big hugs to you, dear Claire.

    p.s. the guys in the pic are cute...did you get their phone number? haha

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    Comment edited on: 4/29/2012 1:52:45 PM
  • NAN041
    Lovely loved the statue so fine and delicate..
    thanks much for showing us another part of the world, Nan

    2149 days ago
    I just love the pictures of your area, both the flowers and hikes and also the pictures of the charming houses and other things. Whether out in the open or in the villages or the city the place has so much beauty. Thanks for sharing your world though your eyes. Pictures in magazines are beautiful but when an individual that is "one of us" and not a profession writing for magazines posts the pictures it makes it so much more personal and real. I love it.
    Glad your ankle is doing better!
    2149 days ago
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