Sadly, the 11th arrondissement of Paris has been highlight the last two weeks. This is incredible, I used to live there. When, I’ve read an article about « le Comptoir Voltaire », the café just front of my appartment, I couldn’t help myself. I was really moved by the #ParisAttack. During the explosion of the kamikaze, my baker has been hurt on her legs according the newspaper L’Express. Just unbelievable.
With these terrible events, my Parisian memories came back slowly. Paris souvenirs. My previous life, the people I used to hang out with, my bedroom, the supermarket Super U, le metro, my school, le Parc des Princes where I used to work, the places I loved to visit during the weekend, my favorite café « Le baroudeur », the swimming-pool, the half marathon I did, la coulée verte where I used to run after work, the library, the DVD rental store, la Place Faidherbe… Three years is short but it’s long enough to have your own routine and to make good friends.
What I loved about my neighborhood was to be able to have everything I needed at least 10 minutes by walk. After a while, I was friend with the valet of the restaurant just next to my building. I used to see him every evening which was reasuring when it’s dark outside. An other friend was the guy from the DVD rental shop, always something fun to say and always great recommendations according to my mood! I saw a lot of movies on Friday night! I liked the big sidewalks on le Boulevard Voltaire and to catch my metro at Rue des Boulets. On Sundays, I would go to have a café or a glass of wine at Le Baroudeur, it’s on Faidherbe, I loved the atmosphere of this little place.
What is brillant about Nation is you can go everywhere within 30 minutes, there are so many lines and even the RER.
I’m looking forward to show this part of my life to Ryan and as a perfect timing, things are getting exciting. I’ve got my visa, last week! I can travel outside of the United States again! Paris nous voilà!
I’ve collected some pictures from my appartment and the places around.
My appartment was on 3rd floor:
Over to you, have you been to the 11th arrondissement while visiting Paris?
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.