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: taquiner
Ta soeur a mal à la tête ! Cesse de la taquiner !
T is for Rue du Trésor
Rue : Rue du Trésor
Arrondissement : 4e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
Rue du Trésor is actually more like an Impasse than a rue, because it is tiny and it just comes to a dead end. There were a couple of cafés on it, and lots of trees. It is tucked into the lively Marais quarter of Paris, which is full of lots of cool little shops and cafés. This is the heart of Paris, one of the few places left where things were left intact after the revolution. This means that the streets are narrow and labyrinthine. After the revolution, Napoleon and Haussman razed most of the city and built avenues and grand plazas suitable for moving armies through the city. In the Marais, however, this is how Paris was before, a place easy to get lost in. So we did lose ourselves here for an afternoon, enjoying peeking down the tiny ruelles, just to see what was there. There may not be a literal treasure on Rue du Trésor now, but the street itself is a treasure for the spirit of the flâneur ou flâneuse.
What’s in a name?
According to mon dictionnaire, they actually found a real treasure when they built this street in 1882. They found coins from the eras of Jean le Bon (1319-1364) and from Charles V (1338-1380). At the time it was the most important treasure discovered in Paris to date.
Bonus : Avenue des Terroirs de France – 12e
Situated where the old Bercy wine warehouses were, this street makes you think of the rich gastronomical heritage of France. This street borders the Pavilions of Bercy , which houses a museum and a theater. Click on the link, it looks merveilleux ! It’s on my list for the next visit. I think I could do an A to Z of museums! But nobody can see 26 museums in one visit!
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