Friday, 9 November 2012

La Butte aux Cailles; a village in Paris, France

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La Butte aux Cailles, celebrated for it's street art
Check out Miss.tic's art here

My recent stroll through the streets of La Butte aux Cailles area on the left bank in the 13th arrondissement of Paris was not my first, however it was the first time I was lucky enough to have crossed paths with Jean-François.

La Butte aux Cailles, once a working class suburb of outer Paris is now known for its contemporary art scene as well as its rich history and hip atmosphere.

If its your first visit to La Butte aux Cailles head to see Jean -François in his store Paris-Mythique before you hit the cobbled streets of this quaint yet quirky area of Paris. (Directions below).

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Jean-François kindly stands out in the rain for a quick snapshot.

Not only is Jean-François a great source of information, but his shop Paris-Mythique stocks fabulous books, guides and maps to both Paris and La Butte aux Cailles, as well as books on the artistic community whose street art decorates this now inner 'village' of Paris.

Grab a map and ask Jean-Françpois to direct you to the best of this art as well as other points of interest. 

He can also fill you in on some of the historical stories of the area, including the first ever human piloted hot air balloon flight by François Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes, they landed the balloon right here in La Butte aux Cailles (not far from Place d'Italie) in 1783. 

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Some of the most interesting streets of this area are; rue de la Butte aux Cailles, which is the main 'strip' and where you will find most of the cafés, bars and restaurants, a great place to chill out for either a drink or a meal, rue des Cinq Diamonts, rue de l'Esperance, rue Daviel and Villa Daviel for its tiny village houses.

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The eclectic 'Station Arret Faculatatif'


Station Arret Faculatatif
For the eclectic and incredible; you may even find that stuffed bat that you have been searching for all your life, or maybe just a tiny slipper for some wall decoration.
10 rue de l'Esperance

Les Abeilles

A world of honey; you could spend hours in here tasting every type of honey imaginable, from orange to the Tasmanian leather wood. Or maybe its a cough elixir or a mosquito repellent you are after. Fabulous!
21 rue de la Butte aux Cailles

La Clarière

An Atelier where the owner creates and sews beautiful old world nightgowns, childrens wear, and other gorgeous creations from vintage French linen. There are also brocante items such as divine french plates. A charming and wonderful find in this equally charming part of Paris.
8 rue de l'Esperance

Directions to Jean-François and 'Paris-Mythique' 
Get off the metro at Corsivart (line 6), head over the street and you will see stairs heading up the hill, climb them and you will reach rue des Cinq Diamants, Jean-François is at no 43.

If a guided tour of the area is more your style, then Jean François is also the person to organise it for you.

I think you'll love La Butte aux Cailles!

Millie xx 
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Monday, 5 November 2012

The village of Gorbio in Hipstamatic

Gorbio sits perched in the steep hills high above the mediterranean sea.

Charming, tranquil and narrow medieval streets, doorways dating from the 6th to 17th centuries, ruins of a 13th Century chateau......

 it's all in the details. 

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© Copyright Millie Brown 2012
© Copyright Millie Brown 2012
© Copyright Millie Brown 2012
© Copyright Millie Brown 2012
© Copyright Millie Brown 2012

How to get there;
No 7 bus from gorgeous Menton, or better still take the car (if you have one).

Millie xx
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