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La Butte aux Cailles, Paris

La Butte aux Cailles, Paris

This story was originally published in August 2014. It has been updated.   Paris is a bustling, crazy city. Visitors often complain about the large crowds; Nobody has gotten lost in la Joconde‘s smile (Mona Lisa) since the 1960s; La Vieille Dame (the Eiffel Tower) will keep you waiting, and waiting; Les Champs-Elysées look like a cosmopolitan…

19 Responses to La Butte aux Cailles, Paris

  1. Thank you for the lovely tour of this part of Paris!! I hope to visit it in the next year! You must have enjoyed it so much, being back in your native country! I think You are an ambassador icon of France! I do love Ines’ Little Diary videos.

  2. Thank you for a wonderful insight into this Parisian village. Our first few visits to Paris entailed seeing the usual tourist sights, now we just stay in one arrondissement and explore that area. However, we have tended to keep returning to the 4 arr and the 6 arr, but its definitely time to move on. The 13arr is a priority now! I agree whole-heartedly with Sketchbook Wandering – you are a wonderful ambassador for France. Merci.

    • Nothing wrong with the 4th and the 6th arrondissements, Elizabeth, except larger crowds (sometimes.) The 13th arrondissement is less touristy, but there are fun things to discover there too: The Beautiful Parc Montsouris (built in the late 19th century,) the Chinese district, and of course, la Butte aux Cailles make it worth a visit.

  3. One of my favorite places in Paris to wander Veronique. And I think that is one of the things about the city that charms me so – that in spite of the bustle and crowds, it really is just a tapestry of villages all stitched together.

    Hope you have a lovely week! XO

  4. Hello Veronique, I absolutely love when you escort us through the streets of your home town. Knowing an area, intimately, as you do, leads to surprising places known to the locals. The Ines de la Fressange video is fitting.
    Wishing you continued joy as we bask in summer’s sunshine.

    Helen xx

  5. This is such a charming area, full of character, which really does look like a village and it seems so compact too. It’s these hidden, lesser known parts of cities which offer so much to the visitor and I would be delighted to have lunch in L’Oisive-Thé too. I enjoyed taking a leisurely stroll with you and of course with Inès who epitomises the term ‘effortlessly chic.’ I believe there are several videos in her Little Diary series including Le Marais which I shall have to watch sometime.

    • You are correct, miss b. Inès shot quite a few of these little videos for Roger Vivier a few years ago. There are all entertaining, but the best part – of course – is to watch Inès 😉 I hope you are having a fabulous summer!

  6. As soon as I discovered you on Facebook ~ I have loved everything you post! Photos of Paris and interesting, out of the ordinary sites are my favorites. David Lebovitz’s original book has long had a special place on my shelf and I recently bought the new one, ready to try some fantastic recipes. Thank you so much for continuing to ignite my love for Paris and France <3

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