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: Grandir
Je me demande combien d’enfants ont grandi dans ce bel appartement ?
G is for Rue Guynemer
Rue : Rue Guynemer
Arrondissement : 6e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
Rue Guynemer really has a lot going for it, tourist-wise. First of all, it borders the Jardin du Luxembourg. The day we walked down Rue Guynemer, we also walked through the Jardin and saw a couple of really unusual museums near the park. That’s enough to recommend it without going any further. However, there is more to this histoire than that.
This street has a very interesting signification for any FLE (Français Langue Étrangère – French as a second language) students who are fans of the 1980’s “French in Action” course. This course was created by Yale professor Pierre Capretz (1925-2014). The course features a video series about two young people who meet in Paris. The lessons are done entirely in French, depending largely on context and repetition. The young woman in the video, Mireille Belleau, lives next to the Jardin du Luxembourg, supposedly at 18 Rue Vaugirard. The interesting thing is, 18 Rue Vaugirard does not exist! The place where it would be is actually the back of a cinema and an intersection. Through a bit of internet research, I was able to discover that the facade used in the videos to represent the front of chez Belleau was actually 26 Rue Guynemer, which also overlooks the Jardin du Luxembourg. I took a picture of this address, and if you were to watch the videos, you’d see that it is the same building. I suppose they used a non-existant address to prevent fans of the movie from disturbing the residents, but like any dedicated fans, some of them ultimately discovered the actual address. I will note that when I took this photo, there were no other fans crowding in to take pictures. If you’re interested, the entire video series is available to watch for free by Clicking Here.
What’s in a name?
Georges Guynemer (1894-1917) was a hero of WWI, a pilot under Major Brocard. He had 53 victories to his name and died in aerial combat. The street was called Rue du Luxembourg until 1918 when it was renamed for the young fighter pilot.
Rue George Gershwin, 12e
An American in Paris, indeed ! Rue Georges Gershwin, located near Parc de Bercy in the 12th arrondissement, is named in honor of the American composer.
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