Hidden Courtyards of Bastille

Hidden Courtyards of Bastille

The road leading from Bastille to Nation, the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, is one of the oldest streets in Paris, and when I find myself on it, the history of this working-class neighbourhood is tangible. One of the delightful quirks of the area is the labyrinth of little streets, passages and public courtyards that sprout from the Faubourg.

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A promenade through Quinze-Vingts

A promenade through Quinze-Vingts

It does not host the Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower, and it is not as flashy as Saint-Germain-des-Pres. There are no grand Haussmannian boulevards or any major Parisian monument, and it is exactly this reason that makes the Quartier Quinze-Vingts quintessentially Parisian.

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