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  "L'Arbre a Lettres" library.
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  • "L'Arbre a Lettres" library. - Paris
      "L'Arbre a Lettres" library.
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      Nice carvings.
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      Other views of the courtyard.
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  • Cour de Bel-Air. 12th. - Paris
  • The much renovated "Musketeer's staircase. - Paris
      The much renovated "Musketeer's staircase.
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Beautifully renovated courtyard and buildings (I should know I worked on the renovation of some of the appartements on left hand side in 1976-78 laying carpet). Nice cobbles and quietness pervades here, plenty of trees and birds whistling, creates a nice atmosphere. The old library "L'Arbre a Lettres" was being repainted when I was here, otherwise some nice workshops. UPDATE - The library has moved to much finer accommodation just to the right of the courtyard on faubourg St. Antoine.

Anecdote : It is believed that the Black Musketeers used to play games here, as their barracks were just round the corner in rue de Charenton and in one of the buildings there is a staircase known as "the Musketeers staircase".

Courtyard can be found at no. 56 rue du faubourg St. Antoine.

Ledru Rollin is the closest metro.

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  • Updated Jan 31, 2010
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