Peaceful streets, sleeping in the summer sun.
|A friendly local…|
The only signs of rebellion today are tags and graffiti.
In la Butte aux Cailles, they call this street art.
There is a small square, la place Paul Verlaine.
In the center, the fountain’s water supply comes from
an old artesian well, sourced by natural spring water.
|The fountain was closed when I stopped by in early July… Dommage.|
Place Paul Verlaine, there is a swimming pool, inaugurated in the 1920s,
One of Paris’ three public swimming pools at the time.
Red brick façade. Art Nouveau style. Water pumped from the artesian well,
Kept at a comfortable 28 degrees Celsius (82 F) year round.
The old public baths are still there too.
|The three pools (one indoors, two outdoors) were renovated and re-opened a few weeks ago
(Commons – Wikimedia)
These days, nobody goes starving in la Butte aux Cailles.
This is Paris, after all.
Visitors can sit in a wine bar; eat une crêpe; or sample traditional cuisine.
At night, locals, artists and hipsters mingle.
The old neighborhood wakes up with the sound of animated conversations;
Tables and chairs crowd the sidewalks.
|Loved my lunch at L’Oisive-Thé,
restaurant; knitting and crochet club.
|La Butte aux Piafs (Piaf = small bird)|
In Paris, you get the visit you deserve.
Mine always include a stroll in a favorite village.
And as villages go, la Butte aux Cailles is as authentic and special as any.
This is your lucky day.
How about a stroll there, right here, right now?
The great Inès de la Fressange is more than a style icon.
She embodies the ultimate Parisienne.
Les Parisiennes know their city, and Inès has many scoops on Paris.
Follow her in this entertaining video clip, as she takes us to her favorite boutiques
in Paris’ la Butte aux Cailles neighborhood.
(Note: Isn’t it great to see that even a fashion icon can be a total klutz?)
Bonne visite et à bientôt.
To visit la Butte aux Cailles:
Metro Line 6
Walk up la rue des 5 DIamants (street of the five diamonds)
until it meets la rue de la Butte aux Cailles.
You have arrived. Explore. Relax.