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Sunday morning walk around the Buttes-Chaumont

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

No hike today but a lovely walk around the 19th arrondissement of Paris (northeast), in and around the Buttes-Chaumont Park.

I got there at 8.30am (I wanted to avoid the heat), and it was already quite busy with Sunday morning runners, and people practicing all kinds of other sports!

I have seen pictures of the park on sunny Sunday afternoons and it is just scary. So mornings or week days are probably better for visiting the park (if, like me, you don't like crowds, of course!)!

The park is built on a steep hill ('butte'), so walking through it was a great exercise! And the views, especially on Montmartre, were beautiful!

I really enjoyed all the beautiful trees, and the birds' singing too!

The most famous feature of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle, perched at the top of a cliff thirty meters above the waters of the artificial lake.

Part of the site is a former gypsum and limestone quarry mined for the construction of buildings in Paris and in the United States. It was transformed into a park in the second part of the 19th century and opened to the public in 1867. From the start, it was a huge success with Parisians!

I left the park by the South-East gate and walked to the nearby Quartier d'Amérique, also called the 'Mouzaia'...

Those of you who remember my blog on La Butte aux Cailles, last year...

... will see that it is similar. It is an area of 250 lovely little houses with gardens which used to be for workers when they were built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. They are quite expensive nowadays!

Most of the houses are well hidden behind their gates and trees...

... yet you can make lots of charming discoveries.

A few streets away, on Place des Fêtes, I stopped at the market to buy some vegetables...

... and flowers! Let's not forget to put lots of beauty into our lives. :)

Many thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed sharing my Sunday morning walk and that you are having a beautiful weekend!
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