A to Cray-Z 2017 –
All about the week that I nearly drove my husband crazy. In Paris.
Last October, my husband and I spent a month in France. Nine of those days we spent in Paris. We sought out a street in Paris for every letter of the alphabet, and we set foot in every arrondissement de Paris. This is not for the faint of heart. Or anyone who fears lots of walking. Or stairs. Or trop de baguettes. Or le Métro.
Ça veut dire — Do not try this at home, folks.
Alors, mes chers lecteurs…have you been to Paris? Have you walked on this street? Does this street make you dream or think of a story? Tell me in the comments!
French verb for this street: bavarder (to chat)
Au coin de la rue, deux femmes bavardent devant la boulangerie. Elles parlent à bâtons rompus et me donnent envie de les rejoindre…
B is for Batignolles
Rue : Rue des Batignolles
Allée Barbara (Square des Batignolles)
Arrondissement : 17e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
This is the neighborhood where we rented an apartment for our 9 day stay in Paris. It was, therefore, our “home base.” The apartment we rented was on the 6th floor (7th floor US!) but there was un ascenseur for those times when we were truly just too tired to make the walk up the stairs. The apartment was lovely, with a great balcony as you can see in the photo I took of my husband. This neighborhood is like a little town within the city, and it truly has everything. We felt right at home here and discovered a lot of great little restaurants and shops. We even found our “dream home,” or at least, our “dream street” in Paris. If we had millions of dollars, we’d move to Batignolles in a heartbeat. The people are chaleureux et accueillants. (warm and welcoming) the boulangeries are fantastiques, the parks are pretty, and in case that isn’t enough, the Métro is very convenient. This is possibly my favorite part of Paris!
What’s in a name?
Batignolles was the name of a village which was annexed to Paris by Napoleon III in 1860. Several famous artists lived and painted there in the 19th century, including Edouard Manet. The French singer Barbara was born in this neighborhood, on the Rue Brochant, where you can walk past her maison natale. There is a walkway in the Square des Batignolles (park) named after her.
1 Rue de Belleville – 19e et 20e
Known for being the area where Edith Piaf was born, Rue de Belleville is the divider between the 19th and 20th arrondissements and is therefore part of both!
Rue Berlioz – 16e
There are many streets in Paris which are named for famous composers! Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was a Romantic Composer most famous for his Symphonie Fantastique.
Rue des Belles Feuilles – 16e
I took this picture mostly because I liked the name of the street which translates to “Beautiful Leaves” but also because the corner was strangely devoid of trees. Ironique, n’est-ce pas ?
Bonne Nouvelle – 9e
This area is home to the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique and its Métro signs are done up to resemble a Hollywood-type font. The street and the métro station are named for the nearby church Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle. “Bonne Nouvelle” translates literally as “Good News.” In the case of this church, it refers to the Annunciation.
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