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Walking around Montparnasse with Sparkfriend Jolie!


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Today was a special treat, as I went for a walk around the Montparnasse area of Paris with Sparkfriend JOL1KEY2BOL3 (Jolie), who is in France for a couple of weeks. We had met twice before and spoke often since. So it was like seeing an old friend!



We parked in a little street not far away from this lovely flower shop, then walked to boulevard Edgar Quintet (in the Southern part of Paris, near Montparnasse station)...



... where the art market was out! There were things I liked, and it looks like many of the paintings were affordable (that is compared to the Parisian art galleries!). I might go back, one of these days, to take a closer look!



A bit further on the boulevard Edgar Quintet, we followed the high walls of the Montparnasse Cemetery (built in 1819)...



... and then we went in...



I usually really don’t like cemeteries in France, which I find ugly and depressing with all these stones and marble tops... but this one was interesting.



A bit like the famous Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, North-East of Paris, a number of famous people are buried in this cemetery.



For example, we found the grave of ‘La Comtesse de Ségur’, who is one of the most well-known writers of children’s books in France. I loved her books as a child! [EDIT: Sorry Sparkfriends, it is actually an other Comtesse de Ségur burried here! (I did think the dates didn't match!!!)... The writer, who died in 1874, is buried in Pluneret, in Brittany... Many thanks to TERMITEMOM for this information! Sparkfriends are just the best!]



What I most wanted to see actually was this round tower, which was built many decades before the cemetery. It used to be a windmill, and was kept, without its wings, as a house for the guards of the cemeteries. But they didn’t like being right in the middle of the cemetery like this and soon moved near the entrance.



You might have heard that the Montparnasse area used to be, in the 19th and first part of the 20th centuries, an area where many artists lived. It all started with the cemetery, as sculptors and other artists moved here because they were employed to make beautiful graves and monuments. Then other artists moved to Montparnasse as well.



Then we left the cemetery, passed the Denfert-Rochereau square, and found rue Hallé...











Further away, on avenue du Général-Leclerc, the La Rochefoucauld hospital, which first opened in 1783, hosts old people as it did back then.



One of the places I preferred during this walk was definitely rue Daguerre, with its wonderful atmosphere and beautiful food shops!













We turned in rue Boulard, where #21 and its second-hand book shop probably have the oldest door of the whole area...


(Hi Jolie!)



It is precious when it is possible to enter courtyards well hidden behind high walls and to see the buildings behind... this one was a special treat, I thought!





Near the 14th arrondissement's town hall (Paris has one big Town Hall for the whole city plus a smaller one for each of the 20 arrondissements)...



... this statue and the pigeons made me smile...



... and I found this old fashioned shoe mender’s shop quite moving. I suspect it would have looked more or less the same 50 years ago!



Can you see what the sculpture on the table represents? (It was the backyard of an antique shop.)



It is the lower part of a face, with a big nose, a mouth and a chin. :)



A bit further away, this shop selling Eiffel Tower bags probably has lots of success with tourists!



Before crossing the cemetery again and going back to my car, we passed the famous ‘Chez Papa’ restaurant, with food typical from the South-West of France. It made me hungry and I was glad we had home-made sandwiches waiting for us in the car!

And this was our walk today... I hope you enjoyed sharing it with us! I am so grateful for Jolie’s visit, and I can’t wait for her to be back in Paris next week after her time in Brittany. I hope you’ll join us for our hike or walk then!


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LORIVIOLA 3/10/2014 10:11AM

    Thank you for sharing and bring back lovely Paris memories.
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GWINNER1 12/2/2013 10:10PM

    Beautiful pics as usual! emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 11/7/2013 9:54AM

  Interesting pictures. emoticon

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DRTOVAH 10/29/2013 12:02PM

  gorgeous photos!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/26/2013 5:51PM

    Enjoyed my walk and tour with you

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KAREN91 9/24/2013 9:28PM

    Beautiful pictures as always. The food looked wonderful and made me hungry. Paris is such a large city with so many areas, have you seen it all? Have you lived there all your life? Most of our big cities have areas where its not safe to walk because of crime. Does Paris have any areas like that? As always I love your blogs! emoticon from Iowa

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GEORGE815 9/24/2013 8:05AM

    Great trip. Paris the romantic city. Thanks for the blog.

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FITMAY 9/24/2013 3:06AM

    How emoticon I am glad you enjoyed such nice time with a sparkfriend!
I can't wait for it to be you and me walking around Paris...
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FRABBIT 9/22/2013 7:54PM

  What beautiful photographs. Thanks for shaing!

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ILOVEMALI 9/22/2013 3:02AM

    My daughter is getting closer and closer to completing her Paris school application -- I'm hoping to visit her in Spring 2014!!

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PURRGURL 9/20/2013 6:26PM

    Claire...

I always enjoy your blog and often feel as though I'm walking with you. We lived in the VII on Avenue de Segur for the first year of our marriage and, of course, loved every moment of it. We often traveled outside Paris at the weekend and saw quite a lot of your beautiful country. I've been fortunate to be able to come back fairly often.

Your photos of the food markets always remind me of Marche Saxe, which was right around the corner from where we lived.

Many thanks for so many wonderful visits to "memory lane"! emoticon

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QTEALADY20031 9/20/2013 10:08AM

    Hi Claire, I am so glad that you had time with your Spark friend Jolie. As always fantastic pictures. I found the history of the artists interesting that they became sculptors to make monuments for the graves. The food looks very inviting. I would have been hungry too. Claire thank you again for letting me have a little taste of your beautiful city! emoticon emoticon June

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/20/2013 8:45AM

    Very nice pictures as always Claire! What a treat it is to meet Spark Friends! I have met a few myself and always enjoy it. I am so glad that you share your walks with us. It is beautiful!

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NAN041 9/19/2013 7:16PM

    Dear Claire,
I did enjoy this before, however, must not have commented, sorry.

As you know I look forward to "our" walks..Nan
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WILDASTER 9/19/2013 11:42AM

    This was wonderful! I'm so glad you have had a visitor, someone to enjoy a hike and a meal with and another visit on the weekend.

The cemetery was quite wonderful actually, we have some great ones here too. Lakewood Cemetery has been in a few movies even.

The market looks yummy with the cheeses and berries! My sister would love the wine too. And you said the art work was good too, hard to find sometimes.

You showed the bags, well Paris is a very big thing here. Everywhere you look there are notebooks, cards, clothing with the Eiffel tower on it. You live in a very fashionable city! I would love to see it in person someday.

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SARAWALKS 9/19/2013 10:41AM

    Aaaaah, I will be staying very near Montparnasse - we will have to go to Chez Papa (I was just reading about it on another site recently) and visit the bookshop, not to mention the food shops! emoticon
My friend Claude loves to take photos in the cemeteries, she finds them restful, and is always finding gems of history there.
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BKT4MANUTD 9/18/2013 6:13PM

  Thanks for jogging some beautiful memories back from my own trips to the world's loveliest city!

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MRSRIGS1 9/18/2013 2:49PM

    I can't wait to read and see pictures of your next walk!

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CATNCAG 9/18/2013 1:26PM

    Wow that was emoticon Claire! Thanks for taking us with you! Paris is so interesting. I would love to go there someday!

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CHRISGORGME 9/18/2013 2:02AM

    Thanks for sharing your walk in such a wonderful way!!

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RENATA144 9/17/2013 6:39PM

  Bonjour Claire !!! Thank you again for the magnifique travelogue !!! Tres bien !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 9/17/2013 4:23PM

    So beautifu Claire, it is a treat to see your pictures and so nice that you had a friend along.
I really loved them all, my faves are of course, pictures with the flowers, the first picture, loved this flower shop.
I also like seeing the bikes, I can pretend I am riding mine through the streets of Paris. Thank you again emoticon

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DIETER27 9/17/2013 3:45PM

  Loved the beautiful pictures of Paris. Thanks so much for sharing them and some details about Paris. I am from the USA also and it made me feel like i was taking that walk with you. Thanks again.

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SUZIPAM1 9/17/2013 3:03PM

    what a beautiful place

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PJBONARRIGO 9/17/2013 1:08PM

    What a lovely day! Thank you for posting your beautiful pictures! It allows us all to have a momentary escape, it is like actually being there :-)

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CLAYARTIST 9/17/2013 10:13AM

  emoticon I love reading your blogs...so refreshing emoticon

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IMGLAMRUS 9/17/2013 7:29AM

    Beautiful, Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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VAINVT 9/17/2013 6:43AM

  I'm so envious!

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BEWELL48 9/17/2013 4:49AM

    Another spectacular glimpse of another place. It does make one want to travel and experience the sites first hand. Love the one of the flower stand! The colors are beautiful!
Thank you!

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JACKIE15108 9/17/2013 3:32AM

    beautiful pics and a beautiful day!

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JIBBIE49 9/17/2013 2:19AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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PANDABEAR42 9/17/2013 1:57AM

    Thank You for sharing your walks in Paris. my son is living with a girl that has family in Paris and she is from Paris. your blogs give me insight on Paris. my son has also been to Paris with his girlfriend several times. your pictures and explanation of them are wonderful. i so enjoy your trips. sue

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CORNERKICK 9/17/2013 1:16AM

  Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/17/2013 12:01AM

    Beautiful!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 9/16/2013 10:58PM

    I love the food markets in France, they always make you want to cook. The flowers are great and the cemetery was interesting. Artists are just fun to look at. Thank you for a wonderful tour.

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HHB4181 9/16/2013 9:45PM

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Looks like such a fun day!

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JSEATTLE 9/16/2013 9:01PM

  Love it!! Just like I was there with you!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/16/2013 8:21PM

    what a lovely day with you friend! THANK you for sharing such fun, nice pictures. emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 9/16/2013 8:10PM

    AWESOME PICTURES AS USUAL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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GINA180847 9/16/2013 7:38PM

    I sure enjoyed all the pictures and explanations and what a treat to meet and do this with a spark friend. Thank you!

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GODDREAMDIVA1 9/16/2013 7:28PM

    Oh how I miss Europe...

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