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: Virevolter
Mireille virevoltait gaiement dans le parc.
V is for Quai de Valmy
Rue : Quai de Valmy
Arrondissement : 10e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
This street runs alongside the Canal Saint-Martin, which is a place I really wanted to see, because all the guide books tell you that it is quirky and artsy, and that one can walk along the canal and see the real Paris, since there is not really any huge tourist attractions here. I think it’s true! We found some cool things while we were on the way to photograph this street as well. For instance, we had a coffee at a place facing this interesting building:
This was built around 1900 by the architect G. Jacottin for the owners of the factory that made Faïence de Choisy-le-Roi, a type of ceramic ware made in Choisy-le-Roi in the town of Val-de-Marne from 1804-1938. It served as both a warehouse and a storefront for this company. There are very interesting mosaics on the outside of this building, and apparently on the inside as well, which serve as a reminder of the building’s original purpose. I think they do a haunted house and other events like that there now. I couldn’t really find too much information, but it was too interesting to not take a picture of!
What’s in a name?
This quai was opened in 1824 during the reign of Louis XVII, and was originally called Quai Louis XVIII. In 1830 they renamed it for the 1792 battle at Valmy against the Prussians, which was won by Generals Kellermann and Dumouriez on Sept. 20, 1792.
Bonus : Rue de Vaugirard
I’ve already mentioned this street, in my “G” post, because while the actual facade used for Mireille’s house in the “French in Action” video series is on Rue Guynemer, the address they give for her in the dialogue is “18 Rue de Vaugirard” which is supposed to be “en face du Jardin du Luxembourg.” So here is the place where 18 Rue de Vaugirard would be…if there were such a place!
If you happen to be super-bored or super-geeky, check out this video. Start at time 1:06 and watch until 2:27 for quelque chose d’amusant !
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