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: Monter
Oh là là ! Que je suis fatiguée ! Ce sentier monte en pente raide !
M is for Rue Manin
Rue : Rue Manin
Arrondissement : 19e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
Rue Manin, where you can find the Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild, is also one of the entrances to the massive Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in the 19e arrondissement. This is a very large and very interesting park to visit. There are lots of steep hills to climb and really fantastic views of the city. The park was constructed for the World Expo 1867 as part of the Haussmannian urban renewal project under Napoleon III. It is a testament to the fabulous 19th century French gardens. The park, which covers about 25 hectares, was built on the site of former quarries. The astounding transformation from quarry to park resulted in a park with curvy (and sometime steep!) trails, bridges, tunnels, a cave with stalactites, a romanesque temple, waterfalls and streams, a lake, cliffs…in short, just about every kind of terrain. It was kind of a gray and rainy day when we were there, but it was still a beautiful walk. Walking in Paris, especially in its parks, is special no matter what kind of weather you have. The best thing about it being cold and gray is that it really wasn’t busy!
What’s in a name?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Daniele Manin (13 May 1804 – 22 September 1857) was an Italian patriot, statesman and leader of the Risorgimento in Venice. He is considered by many Italian historians a hero of the Italian unification. The Italian revolutionary was exiled to France in 1849 and lived there until his death in 1857.
Rue Mademoiselle : 15e arrondissement
Named for Mademoiselle de Rosny, daughter of the Duc de Berry, son of King Charles X. She was present at the laying of the first stone of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church on this street in 1827.
Marche aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II : 4e arrondissement
Just a stones throw from the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité, the Marché aux Fleurs is the perfect place to find beautiful gifts and flowers. Even if you can not buy and bring home these wonderful plants, it is a fantastic and peaceful place to stroll, right in the heart of Paris. Inside is the stuff dreams are made of…
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