Now that the Romanian holiday chapter is over, I am absolutely delighted to share with you some fragments of my trip to Paris, which happened at the beginning of April this year!
Although I have prepared the photos soon after my return home and I have briefly posted some of them, I just couldn`t find the right moment to describe – mostly in photos, of course – those things that captured my attention while walking down the streets of the beautiful Parisian arrondissements.
And I am very happy to start this series with the arrondissement I liked the most, not exactly in terms of appearance (there is a different winner for this category!), but in terms of good feeling, good food, nice places to hang out and interesting people to look at: the 11th arrondissement or, in other words, le 11ème:
I am glad this time I chose a place to stay exactly in this area (see last photo) and, thus, had the occasion to experience the real Paris, the one with less make-up and less accessorized.
Here, the bakeries still sell original, extremely buttery (to be read “delicious”) croissants, the people look a bit less stressed than elsewhere in the city and one might have the chance to meet some real Parisian characters.
I guess there is no coincidence that what is now considered to be the coolest street in Paris (Rue Oberkampf) is located in le 11ème. And what a funny thing for the coolest street in Paris to have the name of a German manufacturer, right?
The entire area was formerly populated by the working class of Paris (hence the more austere air and the lack of decorations) and it`s no wonder that Place de la Bastille, at the border with le 4ème is the place where the French revolution started.
Paris 11ème reminded me of Berlin`s Prenzlauer Berg. Same genuine feeling attached. Lovely!