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Street art in Butte-aux-Cailles


street-art-01.jpgThe street art is not allowed everywhere in Paris. Districts, such as Marais or the Latin Quarter are strictly controlled. However, there are some other districts in Paris in which the illegal night artists create more or less freely. For exemple, in the districts such as Montmartre, Belleville or Butte-aux-Cailles.


Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the royal town


saint-germain-1.jpgThe visitors interested in the guided tour gather in the "Tourism Office", located in one of the narrow medieval streets of the centre of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, in the street named "Rue au pain" (Bread Street). Our guide Mr Marouane Ouled Amor comes walking down the wooden stairs of the house, in which in 1862 was born the French musical composer Claude Debussy.


In the shadow of the Sacré-Coeur Basilique


1-sacre-coeur.jpgThe Sacré-Coeur Basilique is considered to be the most visible dominant of Paris. Thanks to its bright colour and its location on the mountain it is more visible that the slim construction of the Eiffel Tower. You can spend almost the whole day in the shadow of the Sacré-Coeur Basilique...


Artistic commercial signs


artis-1.jpg"Enseignes artistiques". Art signs above the shop entrances can be more easily shown in pictures than described in words. It is not just a sign or inscription indicating the name of the shop. It’s an idea, a witty and often funny idea of the shop owner, producer, artist or a craftman. It is a metal or wooden sign, which is esthetically nice...


The Bercy Village


bercy-1.jpgAn area full of contrasts. One of the newest parts of Paris and at the same time maintaining its village atmosphere. Low stone houses, the cobblestone pavement, leisure atmosphere of a pedestrian area, ending by a modern cinema building, being with its 18 movies rooms the second biggest cinema in Europe.


The biggest pigeonry


holubnik-titul.jpgThe number of the "most" adjectives in Paris is probably unbeatable. Let’s go this time out of the Paris centre, to the Parisian suburbs and search for other "the most". For example the biggest pigeonry in the Ile de France region. Several miles south of Paris, in the domain of the castle Saint-Jean de Beauregard from the 17th century...




mascarons-titul.jpgDo not mix up with a macaroon nor macaroni,  "mascaron" is an architectural term, so typical for Paris. They look at you from many buildings, make funny faces, frown, grin, show their horns, toss the eyebrows, scowl at you and follow your steps in the streets of Paris. In architecture language a "mascaron" is a stone decoration, most often representing a human face, sometimes scary, sometimes half animal half human.


Historical town of Versailles


versailles-1.jpgWho was in Paris and have not visited the Versailles caste, knows that he has to come back. Let’s go to Versailles, but this time not with the crowds of tourists. On the summer Sunday morning let’s opt for a better plan – calm streets of the old town, where except people heading for a Sunday church service, the streets are empty and with the facades of their buildings reveal the message of history.


"La Butte aux Cailles" part of Paris


butte-aux-cailles-0.jpgName of the Parisian place "la Butte aux Cailles" - "Quails Mount", ("caille" means quail in French) does not come from a quail, as many would think, but the etymology of the name comes from Pierre Caille who became an owner of this quarter located in the south of Paris in 1543.


Arums Building by Champs-de-Mars


art-deco-1.jpgIn the street "rue du Champ-de-Mars", number 33, as the name of the street indicates, very close to the Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars, you will find a curious building. The building was named "Maison des arums" (Arums House) thanks to numerous bows, curbs, flowery decorations, decorative metal balconies, so characteristical for "Art déco" the "New Art"...


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