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Walking around 'The New Athens' in Paris

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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

I was frustrated on Thursday that I couldn't go on a birthday hike as I had planned, because the weather was just awful... but today, nothing was going to stop me! I went on a belated birthday walk around an area of Paris I didn't know well at all: the New Athens.

Let's push the door and start the visit...

... with Notre-Dame de Lorette church, built in the early 19th century, like most of the area... and you understand straight away why it is called 'New Athens': many buildings have a clear Greco-Roman influence.

I loved the blue ceiling!

When I left the church, the sun was shining, it ended up being a gorgeous day!

I walked up rue Notre-Dame de Lorette...

... until I reached Place Saint-Georges:

Someone had had some fun!

More views of Place Saint-Georges...

There was so much to see in the area just by looking at the buildings (here rue Saint-Georges)!

Rue Saint-Lazare...

Rue de la Rochefoucauld..

Rue d'Aumale...

In rue Taitbout, I was very lucky! It would usually be impossible to see the building hidden behind closed gates, but someone came out just as I arrived and hold the door for me!

I wanted to see this place, because French writer George Sand (a woman) and Polish composer Chopin, who were lovers, lived here.

The whole New Athens area was very much an artists' area in the 19th century. In rue Clauzel, I stopped before the building where Julien Tanguy (called 'Père Tanguy') used to have his shop.

Julien Tanguy made paints (called 'couleurs') that were bought by many artists of the time. I think you'll recognize a few names!

Here he is painted by Vincent Van Gogh:

... and by Paul Cézanne:

This influence of many artists make the 'New Athens' a special area. It is especially noticeable in my opinion at the Museum of Romantic Life (Musée de la vie romantique), on rue Chaptal.

If you come here in the summer months, you'll be able to have a cup of tea in the garden...

Doesn't it sound just perfect?...

I decided to end with rue des Martyrs, to enjoy looking at all the beautiful products on display...

Oops, I didn't make a very good job of taking a picture of this window, but at least you can see me during my walk today! :)

There were all kinds of temptation, more or less healthy, in that street!

And of course, like many cities of Christian tradition around the world, Paris is getting ready for Christmas!

The prices of Christmas trees ('sapins') are clearly visible in the flower shops (and all the Christmas trees for sale on the pavements smell wonderful)!

One last view on one of the buildings on rue des Martyrs...

Thank you so much for reading this llllllong blog! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did my walk today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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