I had the pleasure to jump on the TGV to Paris this weekend!
I know, how lucky are we to live in Luxembourg with such an easy access to so many great places!? Need to pinch my arm sometimes....
We had a plan to explore a different Paris this time, set apart from the glowing monuments and historical landmarks that we all know, and headed to Belleville and Ménilmontant. This area in the northeast of Paris is the 20ᵉ. It used to be small villages that provided Paris with wine, fruit and weekend escapes and you can still find traces from that period. Nowadays it's a bustling and cosmopolitan area with different ethnicities as Africans, Arabs, Asians
- as well as "bobo's" which refers to "bourgeois bohemian" or yuppie hipsters.
My favorite spot is the mosaic Belleville park with great views of the city. You'll find small cafes and art galleries, as well as the Edith Piat museum and the "celebrity" cemetery Père-Lachaise.
Perhaps you will "Ménilmuche" next time you're in Paris?
(Ménilmuch is a Parisian slang for sloping area)
great view from Parc de Belleville
the 70 m long passage Cité de l'Ermitage
Since we now are in Paris I'll show you another area that I adore;
Canal St-Martin, 10ᵉ.
the colorful facade of Antoine & Lili
Clothes for women, children and an interiorshop
the colorful interior of Antoine & Lili
the trendy place Faubourg St.Denis 52
cute little shops and cafes
note to self for next Paris trip