Another Paris Gem Hiding in Plain Sight!
Le COUR D’ALSACE-LORRAINE (12th): Just Another Paris Gem Hiding in Plain Sight!
OK, this video is a tad longer than my usual posts, but le Cour d’Alsace-Lorraine simply can’t be covered with any justice in a minute. Named to honor France’s Alsace-Lorraine region, which it lost after picking a fight with Germany –the ill-advised Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the Cour truly exemplifies the hidden, off-beat and vey authentic character of everyday, marvelous, Paris.
Built mid 19th century it was until but moments ago a series of small crumbling, dingyish warehouses, workshops, small factories and such and has just undergone a stunning and simply amazing renovation. (You can see and smell the cement dust in the air and cinder blocks are scattered about). But, this is now a sort of Ground Zero for all that is cool, hip and progressive in the 12th –Paris’s 2nd largest, and is inhabited by genuine, individualistic, and friendly Artisans of varied stripes, specialist Book Editors, metal workers, specialized carpet restorers and a raft of other high-end adjective salivating professions. (If you’re hungry, just save that appetite as there are all manner of inexpensive—and friendly, ‘restos up and down rue Reuilly).
Walking thru the small landscape of the Cour might invoke images of San Francisco’s famed Painted Ladies or London’s Portobello Road, the houses are awash with soft, inviting pastels. It’s a cheery blend of upbeat, natural and calming colours. To see another wonderful Paris street -with an even more interesting history and locale, see the 60secondparis post:
Rue Cremieux, A Magical Walk in the 12th; https://youtu.be/EC7oDK7oD2w
While the Artisans can work in ground floor ateliers, the upper levels are reserved for residents. From I understand the folks who work there, can’t live in their shops. Ergo, never the twain shall meet. Cool, that.
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Getting there: Metro (line 8) to Montgallet, exit and cross street, walk downhill about 2-3 mins and you’re there. Address: 67 rue de Reuilly
In the area: But a 10 min walk from La Cour is the amazing Church of Saint-Esprit, a replica of the famous basilica of Haghia Sophia in Istanbul. You need to see this!
Where: 186 avenue Daumesnil (or Metro Daumesnil)