Sunday, 21 February 2016

cite de trevise & other corners of the 9th arrondissement

s h u t t e r s ,  s i l e n t  s t r e e t s  &  a  s a u c e r

Once in a while I remember I have a blog, a terribly neglected one. And I think about what to post and while trying too hard to find some incredible hidden gem that no one else but me has yet discovered I end up thinking... a lot... and posting... nothing. 

But as the saying goes, sometimes what you're looking for is right under your nose, in this case 5 minutes away from where I've been living for the past 5 years. The 9th arrondissement is a neighbourhood in Paris that you rarely see in tourist guides except for Palais Garnier and the famous department store Galeries Lafayette but walk with me through some of its lesser-known streets, across the beautiful Cité de Trévise and into a saucer, yep.

I wasn't even going in that direction when I ended up in Cité de Trévise and to be honest I had never heard of it. It's nothing grand, it's basically just a little street with a square in the middle, a quiet corner of Paris, but at the same time very much how I imagine a shutter & door heaven would look like if there was one. If you take the time to look around, you will notice plenty of beautiful architectural features and the care people living here seem to pay to the slightest details.

Cité de Trévise runs between rue Bleue (blue street) & rue Richer. It was built in 1840 to offer a haven of tranquility in an otherwise bustling area of the city. All neo-renaissance style you will find a little square in the middle of the street with a fountain carried by three nymphs. The cité, named after Edouard Mortier, the duke of Trévise, used to be closed by large metal gates but today it's open for everyone. Apparently Alexandre Dumas used to live here, in number 1 & 3.

No shutters on this house but I think blue doors like this one counts double.

When I went there it was almost empty except for the mail woman on her morning route. If I had been less shy I would have asked her to follow along into all the hidden courtyards but I didn't. Chances are she would have looked very strangely at me and said no but just imagine if she hadn't.

Anyway, this was when I decided to follow my initial plan and head over to the very cute Café Soucoupe (soucoupe being saucer in English and this one looking more like a unidentified flying one of a kind) but walking in a straight line or directly from point a to point b is rather difficult in Paris, also it's hard to see what the point in that would be. If so I would have also missed the Ambroise Thomas passage & rue Gabriel Laumain that you can see right here below. Although they are called streets, they feel much more like little cités.

This street? No idea where that was, somewhere along the way.

About Café Soucoupe, I've been trying to test a new café each time I have a Friday off & this one has been on my list for quite some time. Besides having a very original and incredibly cute (& photogenic) shop front, the interior is cosy & welcoming, the staff friendly & the menu varied & tasty. I ordered tea & a cookie but had a hard time choosing as all of their homemade cakes looked delicious. I definitely want to come back for lunch & taste their organic products. All dishes are prepared on site prices are very reasonable.

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