Tuesday, 18 August 2015

paris' prettiest pastel street

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Okay, so maybe competition isn't that fierce when it comes to streets in Paris made of only pastel coloured houses, but there's at least rue Dieulafoy. When I wrote about the latter, I said it was possibly the cutest street in Paris. That "possibly" comes in quite handy now as I think rue Cremieux beats it. It's not only about the pastels. It's the details that make the difference; the beautiful streetlamps, the painted wisteria vines on one of the facades, a legendary red cat portrayed on a house chasing birds (you'll most likely find le chat in person lying on one of the doorsteps), wrought iron signs & a hidden hotel just to name a few.

I've seen rue Cremieux time & time again on Instagram & I've been meaning to go for so long. I really don't know what took me so long. Maybe the fact that everybody seemed to know this place except me. I felt like there wasn't anything new to discover, no sense of trespassing or finding a hidden side of Paris. Pfff. Really, once I got there, I couldn't have cared less about any of that. The place is just incredibly charming. The colours are stunning & the architecture is full of surprising details (many of the shutters have carved motives such as lizards or stars). The cobble stones, potted herbs & plants and parked bikes make it near perfect.

The red cat chasing birds

And on the doorstep not chasing so much.

In 1865 when all 35 houses were built almost simultaneously, they were for sale for 700 francs. Needless to say that prices have gone up a bit since then.

The street has been pedestrian since 1993 & I strongly advise you to go next time you're in Paris. I went on a very quiet Sunday afternoon in August. The street was almost deserted & I didn't have to ask anybody to step out of my picture. Of course I never do that (I sight loudly & wait with an insisting look, thats all...) The cat can stay of course.

My husband is allowed on my pictures when his shorts matches the colour of the walls.

Shutter details. Spot the lizards.

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