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: lambiner
Allez ! On n’a pas de temps de lambiner !
L is for Rue de Lévis
Rue : Rue/ Place de Lévis
Arrondissement : 17e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
This street in the 17e (yes, I adore the 17e !) was not too far from where we stayed, and was only a stone’s throw from the little grouping of streets that makes me dream of living in Paris. The whole street was a market, open almost every day, and filled with beautiful fruits and veggies, boulangeries, and butcher shops among other delights. And in case that wasn’t enough, there were also “regular” grocery stores and a Monoprix. I loved this street and we walked up and down it many times during our stay in Paris.
What’s in a name?
According to the Dictionnaire des Rues de Paris, this street follows the route which used to lead to the Château de Monceau. In 1765 this Château belonged to the Duke Joseph Guy de Lévis. Place de Lévis is at the end of the street, and occupies the space where the castle stood.
Rue Lulli (2e) — Jean Baptiste Lulli (1632- 1687) was a French composer, considered the creator of the French Opera. He collaborated with Molière for his comedie-ballets and was the director of the Royal Music Academy. The street owes its name to the fact that it was built in 1784, just behind the Music Academy, where the Opera was located during that time period.
Rue Léonard Bernstein (12e) — Named for American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918-1980), notable for “West Side Story”, “Candide”, and many others. This year will mark the celebration of Bernstein’s 100th year, see the official website here: https://leonardbernstein.com/at100
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