September 21, 2012

(Paris Diary) 11eme Arrondissement


I live on rue Saint-Sebastien, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. If I want to leave the neighbourhood, I get on the metro at Richard-Lenoir station4. But I have so many reasons to stay close to home. On Thursday and Sunday, one of the biggest open air markets in Paris1,2,7,9,11 is held just down the road, on boulevard Richard-Lenoir. What I love most about my neighbourhood is the way the historical and the modern co-exist; a cathedral built in 18684 stands right across the street from graffiti that was painted last night6. The ink shop8, and moving memorials to the fallen soldiers of France10, are as much part of the local ambiance as scooter-filled garages14. The water fountains13 look like monuments; we can practically see a real monument12 out the window. Les neighbours are friendly5 and the restaurants are unpretentious15. I feel so at home here!

J’habite la rue Saint-Sébastien, dans l’onzième arrondissement de Paris. Si je voyage hors quartier, je descends dans le métro soit par la station Richard-Lenoir4. Mais les raisons de rester près de chez moi sont nombreuses. Le jeudi et le dimanche, l’un des plus grands marchés en plein air1,2,7,9,11 se déroule à quelques pas de nous, dans la boulevard Richard-Lenoir. Ce que j’adore surtout dans mon quartier, c’est la manière dont l’historique et le moderne coexistent ; une église construit en 18684 se trouve directement en face des graffitis qui datent d’hier soir6. L’encrerie8, et des monuments émouvants qui rendent hommage aux soldats tombés de la France10, font autant partie de l’ambiance que les garages plein de motos1. Les distributeurs d’eau13 ressemblent à des monuments ; nous pouvons voir un véritable monument12 par la fenêtre. Les voisins sont sympathique5 et les restaurants sans pretention15. J’y sens chez moi !


  

18 comments:

  1. Aaaaa I want to go to Paris again! All looks so pretty! X

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  2. beautiful photos!
    i love paris :)
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  3. I want to be there too!!:) Kisses!

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  4. oh la la, 11me arrondissement... I have great memories of it. My brother was living near metro Parmentier, and I had a chance to take an in depth tour of the arrondissement. It's one of the best in Paris, so many real parisian things to see and not many tourists! The market is awesome! Have you been to *pique nique dans le Canal St.Martin* yet?

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    1. I haven't had a chance to picnic on the Canal just yet... but my favourite picnic spot in Paris is actually Allee des Cygnes!
      xox,
      Cee

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    2. Then you have to go! I know it sounds like clichè, but just make it sure to bring your baguette, brie and red wine... It'such a perfect spot, expecially in spring :)
      I am actually daydreaming of having a pique nique on the canal again soon! Hopefully next spring.
      Bisous

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  5. great pictures!

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  6. so jealous you live there! can't wait to visit paris again!

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  7. The good weather in Van seems to have finally come to a stop (I'm glowering at the grey skies as we speak) so I could NOT be more jealous of you than I am right now. Even with grey skies, Paris is meant to be explored and it sounds like you're doing just that! Miss you tons my lovely pal

    Alex xoxo

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  8. I'm so happy that you're so happy in Paris. Looks like you've settled in perfectly.

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  9. A lovely area - so many gorgeous images - the fruit, flowers, cheese shop....!
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  10. You live in such a lovely place, I don't blame you from wanting to stay near home. It looks like there are so many things to do and see there! x

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  11. Ahh... les fromageries comme les boulangeries... ce sont ces magasins qui me manquent tellement ici!

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  12. fab photo selects Cee! really gives me a feeling for where you're at and boy does it ever look amazing!! sending gigantic LOVE as you continue exploring your "hood" plus so many others. it's a good thing you were a dancer, gives you an added soft step while pounding all that pavement ;) xo ♥

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  13. Your pictures are amazing!!

    Kate
    petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

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  14. That photo of the market with the cheese reminds me of my first taste of Comte, in Paris, my favourite cheese ever. I admit that on my first visit to Paris I was kinda hoping it would live up to that image of baguettes and cheese all over. I wasn't disappointed. Oh time for a visit perhaps!

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  15. Thank-you for stopping by and leaving such kind comments, lovelies!
    xox,
    Cee

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Thank-you! Love you all <3
xox,
Cee