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Neighborhoods to explore for repeat visitors to Paris

Neighborhoods to explore for repeat visitors to Paris

Old Mar 8th, 2009, 05:53 AM
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In Paris, he lived with his brother and his wife for a few months, Theo rented an apartment in Rue Lepic number 54, where Vincent installed himself and his paint study. From that apartment he had a nice view of the city he painted in a few occassions.

Vincent met many important artists, like Toulouse-Latrec, his good friend Paul Gaugin and other impressionist of the time in a shop in the Rue Lepic where Père Tanguy used to sell art supplies to all these young artist. He was like a father for all of them that's why they called him Père (father in french). In the back room of the shop of Tanguy he had a small gallery where he exposed paintings and tryed to sell them in order to help the painters.
The city gave new inspiration to paint to the artist, different landscapes from the countryside in Nuenen.
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thanks for the very interesting info. I have been to Van Gogh museum 3 times and cant wait to take DH.

If I have my direction straight, I would include this when I visit Sacre Couer? Is this correct or am I confused?

Van Gogh never disappoints.
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On the day you go to Musee Jacquemart-Andre, walk over to the Parc Monceau area. It has a real "neighborhood" atmosphere and I think it's the loveliest park in Paris.

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Ditto to JeanneB's recommendation. I loved the Parc Monceau! It's a good companion to visiting the Musee Jacquemart-Andre, which is also a wonderful small museum.

jetsetj-I remember that we did walk from a metro stop to the area, and I'll check which stop we got off.

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You might want see if you can pick up the book Parcs et Jardins de Paris ...à pied which offers 23 walks through various neighborhoods of Paris. The book seems to be a collaboration between the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre and the Mairie de Paris. FNAC might have a copy or might be able to tell you where to get it.
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there was a really interesting article in today;s Washington Post (hope you don't need to be registered):


about off beat and avant garde arts venues
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So much great information. thank you all so much.
Momliz, that was a really good article--very avant garde. We'll see if we have time.
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yes the walk to Theo Van Goghs house in Montmartre by Sacre Cour
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Adding to others' suggestions about visiting the 16th arrondisssement (where I used to live), I will suggest the following (I apologize but I didn't read every post so I'm not sure these details have been mentioned):

- Musee Marmottan (closest metro stop is La Muette on Line 9): great collection of Matisse's paintings (the real version of the copies you see at Giverny) in a charming mansion that looks out over a park.

- If it's a nice day, walk around the two lakes in the Bois de Boulogne (cross over to the park at Passy).

- Rue Passy is a good shopping street for "women of a certain age" (well, 30 something to 60 something). Teenagers will hate it, and there isn't much to interest men. But last time I was there, I bought two lovely cocktail dresses (less than 150 euros each) and a distinctive suit for a wedding in 40 minutes. (I'd spent months shopping in New York and failed to find anything that wasn't sleazy, old ladyish or outrageously expensive.) I like Gerard Darel (women's clothing) and several of the shops whose names I can't remember on the same side of the street for a few blocks. There is also a Darjeeling, which has nice lingerie.

- One of my favourite restaurants in Paris is a wine bar called Le vin dans les voiles. It's in the southern end of the 16th. It may only be open for dinner; I'm not sure - but it does have a website. Small room, short menu, but charming owner with a nice selection of wine and good food. The restaurant is patronized mostly by locals, so you'll feel like one, too.

- I'm not a fan of La Gare (former train station converted to bar/restaurant) at La Muette, but it is atmospheric.

- One of my favourite shops for children's clothing is also near Rue Passy (right by La Muette metro stop). It's called Du Pareil au Meme and it has stylish, colourful, affordable clothes for babies, boys and girls. My niece loved the clothes we bought her there.

- The Musee du Vin is also in the 16th (google it to find the website and address).
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I would go the opposite route and explore the ethnic neighborhoods of Paris.

Château Rouge metro for a taste of Africa.
Barbès-Rochechouart for a taste of Algeria.
Olympiades for a taste of China.
Maisons-Alfort for a taste of Armenia.
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Hi kerouac, are there any other metro stops/neighbourhoods you can think of, to add to your list?
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thanks pj
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