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: eXagérer
J’exagère l’usage de la lettre “x” en français.
X is for Rue Xavier-Privas
Rue : Rue Xavier-Privas
Arrondissement : 5e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
This one was actually pretty close to the Seine and also to the Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche, which I mentioned in my “C” post. It was full of touristy things, including many kebap restaurants whose owners would call out to us as we passed, hoping that we would stop in for a bite. I remember this street because of all the neon lights and the carnival-midway atmosphere that it had. Interesting and colorful, yes, but we sort of ran through it because c’est pas notre truc.
What’s in a name?
Xavier Privas was the stage name of songwriter Antoine Taravel (1863-1927). He was known as the “prince of songwriters” and was instrumental (if you’ll forgive the pun) in the lively music and nightlife of La Belle Époque. Up until 1929, the street was called rue Zacharie, which was a corruption of Sacalie, the name of the family who owned a mansion on this street.
Bonus : Of course, just because we did not get lured in by the kebap sellers on Rue Xavier-Privas, that’s not to say that we did not enjoy a good kebap in Paris! In fact, we ate the best one in Paris. I know it was the best one for three reasons: 1) There was a very long line outside the place at all hours. 2) The Turkish gentleman who ran it told me himself that it was the best one, and finally 3) It was so good that we went there twice!
In case you’re jealous and you wish to experience this for yourself, here’s the info:
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