Wednesday, 8 April 2015

hidden corners of belleville

villa de l'ermitage & cité leroy

It all started with me looking for cherry blossoms in Paris & much to my delight, I ended up here, finding this hidden gem in Belleville. 

These little alleys are proof that it’s possible to live in a big city like Paris & yet feel as if you’re walking through a little countryside village. Lying right next to each other, Villa de l’Ermitage & Cité Leroy have managed the almost impossible task of surviving numerous attempts of transforming this quiet haven into larger building projects.

Built in 1857, Villa de l'Ermitage is a private little street running between rue de l'Ermitage & rue des Pyrénées in the 20th arrondissement. Cité Leroy is a 60 m long, blind alley located right beside with its little community garden. You'll find small workshops, offices & private houses. Dancing lessons are given at the end of Cité Leroy. The calm, the many plants (even palm trees), the authenticity & beautiful colours make this little hidden corner of Belleville well worth your time.

And, it just so happens that I got a little cherry blossom dose too (see middle picture below).

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  1. What a serene and beautiful spot! I absolutely love getting to see hidden spots in Paris through your eyes!

  2. Thank you so much laura! Loved discovering this one.


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