"La Butte aux Cailles" Paris Travelogue by GUYON

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The Quails Hill

This area is not touristy. Even, it is rather unknown by the Parisians themselves. By the streets, you see only the inhabitants and some "happy few" persons who come here to taste the special charm of this district.

La Butte aux Cailles (The Quails hill) is a village within Paris (13° arrondissement). It is preserved because the underground is scattered by ancient quarries and it is impossible to build large constructions.

The more pleasant streets are the Rues de la Butte aux Cailles and des Cinq-Diamants (according to an ancient tavern). Several houses are supported more by the others than the ground on which they are built (see the house at the corner of the both previouly named streets)

Metro : Corvisart or Place d'Italie

On the photograph : rue des Cinq-Diamants

Rue Buot

I am not sure if it is the rue Buot. If not, this street is not far.

It does not matter. The photo shows a typical street of the district. It looks like Montmartre without the tourists and the linked traps.

Church Antoiniste

A Belgian, named Louis Antoine, was inspired by God and created, in 1913, a new cult which is a mix of christianity and spiritism.

This church is the only example I know dedicated to the Antoinism.

At the corner of Rue Vergniaux.

Place de l'Abbé Georges Henocque

Curious sharped roofs of the houses (built in 1912) of the streets near the Place.

A charming city

No. Paris is not a universe of concrete. There are also some cities like this one.

Cité Florale (1)

Hidden near the Boulevard Périphérique (at the level of the "Poterne des Peupliers"), the Cité Florale is a complicated network of marvellous narrow streets and places.

Each house is decorated by flowers and all the streets have a name of flower.

It was built in 1928 to replace swamps used in Winter by Parisians as skating rinks. They supplied also ice which was stored underground to be used in Summer to refresch foods and beverages. The near rue and metro station "Glacière" are still present to remember that.

Cité Florale (2)

To go there look for the Place de Rungis (metro : Maison Blanche or Cité Universitaire).

The entry of the Cité is rue Savarin.

I recommend to visit also the neighbor Parc Montsouris (see the travelogue dedicated to the Paris Gardens).

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