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: Quadriller
Les quatre chaises quadrillent le square entre les deux brasseries.
Q is for Rue de Quatrefages
Rue : Rue de Quatrefages
Arrondissement : 5e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
We “found” this street on the day we went walking in Le Quartier Latin (Latin quarter). We saw a lot that day, some of which is still to be featured in this A to Z adventure. Rue de Quatrefages runs next to the Grande Mosquée de Paris, which is definitely a beautiful building. I can’t figure out why I didn’t take a picture. Anyway, it’s not a very long street, but it seemed quiet, at least when we were there, and I took a picture of some pleasant-looking apartment buildings which seemed to me to be très parisiens. As you can see from the map, the street is also a mere block away from the Jardin des plantes, which actually has a zoo inside and could be a nice place to spend an afternoon. With a book. In case you haven’t picked up on it, I love sitting in city parks and reading, or just watching the people. Strangely, I don’t do that at home. Maybe because our parks here are full of people…Sans Domicile Fixe who like to beg for money, or maybe it’s because I can’t walk to any parks near my home and I don’t think any of our parks in general are worth driving to. If I’m going to drive somewhere to be outside, I’d rather go to the mountains. We have mountains here in Colorado, did you know? Maybe that’s why the parks are so…meh ?
What’s in a name:
Jean-Louis Armand de Quatrefages de Bréau (1810 – 1892) (what a name, that!) was a biologist/zoologist, and professor. He published a lot of works on various biological topics and was renowned in his field. He died in Paris, where he had lived since 1839. It seems fitting that the street bearing his name should border a Parc Zoologique.
Bonus : Rue des Quatre Vents, 6e
We found this one after visiting the Mundolingua museum near the Jardin du Luxembourg. This street, like many others in Paris, is linked to an enseigne that used to be here. The name, “quatre vents” literally means “four winds” and refers to an insignia representing the four winds by four faces with their cheeks inflated, blowing in the four cardinal directions. Here’s a link to the museum, which really deserves a whole post of its own. I’ll probably do that after A to Z is done!
Here is a picture of a lovely chocolat chaud that we drank after a long day of walking, at a café just at the end of Rue des Quatre Vents called “Le Hibou” (the owl café). Chouette!
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