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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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MARKATSPARK 7/24/2015 7:23AM


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SEEKEN 1/2/2013 12:07AM

  This is my second blog that I have read that is written by you, ClaireinParis, and you are SO TALENTED as a writer and photographer. You rock!. I can just see Paris in your words and small details, and the photos you take are such good illustrations of history and place. I am new to SparkPeople and inspired by your blog and the interactions of fellow members. It is a very pleasant surprise. I also loved your self-portrait in the window. Thank you.

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NEWKATHYNOW 12/26/2012 2:07AM

    Claire, what are the "Topinambragro"s pictured? I think I spelled it correctly from the sign posting the prices. Wonderful blog. I always enjoy them so much. I feel like I've had a mini tour and usually learned something interesting as well! Thank you so much.

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 12/26/2012 1:34AM

    Wow it is like being there. Good that you took the healthier temptation to go through the gate and resisted the sweets temptation. Thanks for this surprise present.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/20/2012 10:00AM

    Great photos....

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BLOOMINGLENA 12/20/2012 9:26AM

    Excellent photos, beautiful "Athens"! I live in the "real" ATHENS and I hope one day you will be here to take some photos of Athens ( greece) for your blog! You are welcome!

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/17/2012 3:10PM

    Very nice pictures. Thanks!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/16/2012 1:09AM

    Wow!! Thank you for sharing your walk!! It is something I may never see in my lifetime otherwise - and so beautiful! I would walk often if that was what I saw when I went out! ;-) Thank you!!

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LIBBYL1 12/15/2012 11:23PM

  Thanks! brought back wonderful memories of Paris

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 12/14/2012 11:49AM

    Tel beaux legumes et fruits (et fleurs!) en hiver!

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FIRECOM 12/14/2012 11:21AM

    Looks like you really enjoyed this and so did I. thanks.

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KATHYJO56 12/8/2012 4:37PM

    Claire, When I first started reading your blog and looking at your spectacular pictures, I felt very sad because of the pictures of the bombed bridge. How heartbreaking to see and to imagine how frightened the people of Paris were during this time. Then came the foliage, and I was amazed at the beautiful colors this late in the season. Then came the really happy part. I loved the toy museum and I could probably spend hours in it. When I saw the pictures of the toys, I could just see the children down through the ages playing with them and the joy that they must have felt when they received them. By the way, I actually did have a teddy bear. It was big and pink and I loved it to tatters. emoticon

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VOLLEYGIRL77 12/7/2012 10:46AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for all the picture!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 12/5/2012 9:35PM

    What a neat adventure - thank you so much for taking me along with you!!

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LISALGB 12/5/2012 8:35PM

    What a great place to walk!! It is beautful there and so much to see!! I am sure you had a wonderful time. Maybe you can go back during the summer months and have a cup of tea in that lovely garden.
I hope all is well with you and you are having a fabulous week!!
Sending you much love from Tennessee!

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GRACEISENUF 12/5/2012 1:29PM

    Simply spectacular!


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YULLABELLE 12/5/2012 9:49AM

    emoticon for a beautiful view of Paris.

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SJKENT1 12/4/2012 3:40PM

    how fun!

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KAREN91 12/4/2012 3:24PM

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures with us. I always look forward to your blogs. I loved your pix in the window. Thanks for commenting on my blog. You are wonderful and I feel blessed to have your friendship. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/4/2012 9:51AM

    Happy belated birthday!! SOrry the weather was so bad on your birthday so you couldn't get out but glad you got the chance to make up for it. I loved going along on your beautiful and historic walk

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PENOWOK 12/4/2012 8:49AM

    What a beautiful walk you had and a belated Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for sharing!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/4/2012 3:15AM

    What a beautiful walk you had. I loved the blue ceilings as well, but then blue is one of my favorite colors. The clowns put a smile on my face. That's great you got to sneak in at rue Taitbout,. The trees in front of the building gives the building a nice touch. I really like the painting by Paul Czanne. Gives Tanguy a distinguished look.
The Museum is cute. What a fun place for a cup of tea. You need to do that. I like the picture of you. Such lovely hair you have. The shops must be fun to look at. My favorite is the plants. What a surprise, eh? lol

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BEWELL48 12/4/2012 3:04AM

    Spectacular pictures! They lifted my spirits! Thank you!

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CLAYARTIST 12/3/2012 4:07PM

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JOL1KEY2BOL3 12/3/2012 12:08PM

    Merci Claire pour ce blog. Je dois le voir un jour aussi!!! J'aime comme toujours les portes, les fentres et les immeubles. emoticon

Et aussi ton reflet!

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FARIS71 12/3/2012 6:53AM

    Awesome virtual tour. Thank you so much for sharing pix!

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    I love going on tour with you Claire! Thanks for the opportunity. Enjoy your week!

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1BEACHWALKER 12/3/2012 1:30AM

    How cool that you can buy Kumquats over there-didn't know that!! We have the farms here in FL about 35 miles from us and we go straight to the farm to buy them picked good!!!! One of my favorites!!!
Those clowns almost look lifelike-what a talented sculptor!
Such an interesting, historical walk-such stately architecture! Your photos bring it all to life for us!! emoticon emoticon
Thanks for stopping by my blog-appreciate your comments! We will be going again for out night walk tonight! It is really pretty with all the lights!

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LJCANNON 12/2/2012 10:11PM

    emoticon What a Beautiful Place you have to walk in!! I Loved the Accidental "Self Portrait" in the window.
emoticon Happy Belated Birthday!!

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NORASPAT 12/2/2012 8:59PM

    Belated birthday wishes Dear Claire emoticon
Once again a fabulous pictorial walk with you in your lovely historic city.THANKS FOR SHARING. emoticon
I like to show your pictures to my German friend. She Hitch hiked to Paris and stayed there long enough to take french lessons and met her husband there, a US Soldier. They took the ferry to Maid stone to get married. Now they are our friends in Augusta Maine. I have to take my lap top to show her your pictures. I cannot interest her in Spark though. She likes eating out too much to try to Spark.

I loved your reflection, it came out amazingly well for an OOPS!!!.

HUGS and many thanks for being my friend .
emoticon . "Again Many Happy Returns of the Day" . Pat.

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LYNNWILK2 12/2/2012 8:29PM

    Beautiful ... I feel like I just had a virtual trip to Paris... loved the door knobs at the beginning.... :) I k now strange, but thank you so much for sharing.

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TRUCKERWIFE2 12/2/2012 8:00PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your walk with us. The only thing better would to be there too! I enjoyed the pictures very much and learned a little along the way.

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JIBBIE49 12/2/2012 7:30PM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/2/2012 7:26PM

    Wow, thanks.

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JUDYAMK 12/2/2012 7:11PM

    Oh Miss Claire I want to wish you a most Happy & Blessed Birthday.!!! You sure are a Blessing to all of us to bring us so much History & beautiful pictures to all of us in our homes. I most certainly enjoyed the lovely walk with you, I also liked the glimpse of your reflection in the shopkeeper's window. I was surprised to see so many flowers in bloom in the window boxes. It is cold here In Pa. & the time has come for all the flowers to bow their sleepy heads for a long winter nap, & to wake up in the spring showing off their petticoat's of color. Have a good week!!!

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JAMER123 12/2/2012 6:08PM

    Wonderful blog. I enjoy taking walks with people and enjoy the scenery "we" see.
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NEWTINK 12/2/2012 5:11PM

    Oh thank you so much for sharing this blog .. It is actually every thing that I ever thought it would be .. You are so very lucky to have the ability to enjoy first hand that place ... emoticon emoticon

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TIAMET2 12/2/2012 4:40PM

    Paris... how wonderful! What are those in the pictures right after the pomegranates? Have you tried many new things? How much longer will you be in Paris? Enjoy!

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MARYJEANSL 12/2/2012 4:06PM

  How lovely! And the pictures are wonderful. You are blessed indeed to be able to live in such a city. Thank you for posting!

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PEGGYO 12/2/2012 3:37PM

    thanks for sharing your beautiful walk

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GLOFRY1 12/2/2012 3:12PM

    This brought me back to Paris and to places I did not have time to see. Of all of my travels through Europe, Paris was my favorite. While we were there, unfortunately all the museums were on strike and then the trains and buses for a short time. The wonderful thing about it, however, was that we walked everywhere and got to see more than we would have had we used the trains. I just love your walks and hope to one day meet you and maybe walk along with you.

Thank you so much for this delightful stroll through the New Athens". Until next time!!!!

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LOGOULD 12/2/2012 3:08PM

    How LOVELY!!! Thanks for sharing your travels - it was (almost) as good as being there!

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