In the Quinze-Vingts neighbourhood not far from Gare de Lyon, an eternally cheerful street spiders off rue de Lyon.
As you may have guessed, I love walking around Paris (especially now that the shy Paris sun has started to make regular, short appearances) and the painted terraced houses lining the relatively recently cobbled rue Crémieux is one of my preferred detours. Reminiscent of Hanover in Brighton or Portobello Road in London, there’s something magical about strolling down here that allows you to briefly detach from the busy traffic, frustrated pedestrians and the familiar Haussmannian architecture.
As you can see in the photo, the houses feature painted details of birds, wisteria and cats. Look out for the painted plaque on no. 8 marking the rise of the water levels during the Great Flood of Paris in 1910.
Anyway, I don’t want to give too much away. With every visit you might just notice one extra detail that had never caught your eye before, and half the fun is discovering the street’s little secrets for yourself!
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