Paris - La Mouzaia

Old Oct 4th, 2011, 09:48 AM
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Paris - La Mouzaia

Today was our last day in Paris and finally the weather was cool, and slightly overcast with a breeze.

We walked from our apartment to the Marais to wander around a little, then took a 75 bus to Place de Rhin et Danube to wander around this lovely little neighborhood. I had been wanting to do this since Kerouac showed us his lovely photos a couple of years ago, and it really was an interesting excursion.

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Anyone visiting Paris who would like to see many different areas of the city should certainly consider doing this. The 75 bus passes through many neighborhoods before reaching the Danube et Rhin stop, and it's fun to observe the variety of people riding the bus. At one point the bus stopped at an intersection and there was a great debate among the passengers and between some passengers and the driver about whether or not to continue down the street because of the possibility of work in progress. Even people on the street came up to the bus and weighed in with their opinions. Finally it was decided to proceed, but not before the bus sideswiped one of those poles along the curb. This bus goes through the Place de la République, then along one side of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, and stops in front of the impressive Mairie of the XIXe Arondissement. On the return trip we got off there and walked a little while in the park, crossing a suspension bridge where a woman was practicing flamenco dance.

Walking through the little alleys (called "villas") of the Mouzaia was so peaceful and pretty, it was hard to believe we were still in Paris. My only disappointment was in not seeing any pretty pussycats along the way.
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Old Oct 4th, 2011, 09:50 AM
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Oops, should be 'arrondissement.'
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Old Oct 4th, 2011, 09:57 AM
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I took that bus yesterday and got off just before la Mouzaïa because I am working on a new report (it won't be ready for a while, I'm afraid) about Jewish Paris. The guidebooks keep saying that it is the Marais, but it is really mostly in the 19th arrondissement. I got some good shots of a few of the kosher "pizza & sushi" places yesterday -- those two items seem to go together in the Jewish areas.

I'm glad you liked your visit, MaineGG.
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Old Oct 4th, 2011, 10:00 AM
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Not to excessively toot my own horn, but I did a follow-up report about the Mouzaïa in autumn also.

This is how it should look now: http://anyportinastorm.proboards.com...ay&thread=3592
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Old Oct 7th, 2011, 07:08 AM
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Somehow I had missed the follow-up report, so thanks for the link. I liked the little square too, and wondered who the statue represents. Unfortunately it isn't as photogenic at the moment as the street around it is being worked on.

Look forward to your report about Jewish Paris.
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Old Oct 7th, 2011, 08:34 AM
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maineGG: Where did you pick up the 75 bus? I can't find it on my tiny map??
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Old Oct 7th, 2011, 09:30 AM
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You can pull up its route on the RATP interactive map:

http://www.ratp.fr/plan-interactif/cartebus.php?lang=uk

We caught it on the rue des Archives where there are two stops - one just north of the rue de Verrerie and another up closer to the National Archives. The bus runs at 9-10 minute intervals during weekdays.
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Old Oct 7th, 2011, 10:07 AM
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I took it at Pont Neuf, which is the starting point, next to the closed Samaritaine building.
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Old Oct 7th, 2011, 11:29 AM
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Bookmarking for my May 2012 trip.
Again many thanks Kerouac for another fabulous report. Your pictures are really breath taking.
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Old Oct 7th, 2011, 01:10 PM
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Thanks, all. So much to do, so many things to see!! Walkabout layers of Paris!!! Ma foi!
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Old Oct 7th, 2011, 01:33 PM
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Also, TT, if you start your 75 trip at Pont Neuf, you will most likely get good seats!
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