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: Saluer
Les gens se saluent avant qu’ils n’entrent dans l’église.
S is for Rue Sainte-Cécile
Rue : Rue Sainte-Cécile
Arrondissement : 9e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
Not too far from the Bonne Nouvelles métro station (see my “B” post) we found this beautiful church and street named for Sainte Cécile. This is near the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and in fact, there is a lot of theatrical arts in this neighborhood. I thought the church was very pretty.
What’s in a name?
Sainte Cécile lived in Rome in the 2nd century. According to tradition, she converted many people, including her husband. She was the victim of persecution and was burned to death. She is the patron saint of musicians. The street was named for her in 1853 because of its proximity to the Conservatory.
Bonus : I just thought I’d include this link because Cécile Chaminade was a famous French composer, and this may be one of the most well-known pieces of the classical flute repertoire. I figure Sainte Cécile might approve ?
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