Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011--Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

We just realized today we have only seven more days, so we decided to see another area of the city we had never visited.  We wandered over to Maggie's old neighborhood and had lunch in her favorite bistro, Le Pure Cafe, which is featured in Before Sunset with Julie Delpie.  The place is very charming and gives the feeling of a genuine Paris cafe.  We had a wonderful lunch, and upon leaving Mary said she recognized the name of one of the intersecting streets--yes, it does sound familiar.  One block later we realized it was the same street on which he had rented our apartment in 2006.  Duh!!

Le Pure Cafe
We then headed off on three different metro lines to arrive at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, a 55 acre park in the north area created in the 1860s by the city-planner, Baron Haussmann, who redesigned vast areas of Paris.  The site was literally a dump that featured a gallows--nice touch, that.  Today it is a beautifully landscaped park with hills, faux rock promontories, and pretty trees.  By the time we arrived it began raining and only increased during our stay.  Obviously we did not wander the whole place, but we did head up to the Roman-style temple at the top of one hill (from which we could see Sacre Coeur basilica in the misty distance), over a foot bridge that gave Mary a serious case of the yips, and past streams, ponds, and a small waterfall.  

Sacre Coeur in the mist

footbridge--out of range Mary is tossing her cookies over the railing

Once again we were able to see a section of the city which was totally new to us.

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