"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Postcards from Paris #8 - Mosaic

"...a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different yearnings,
different hopes, different dreams."
- Jimmy Carter

A few days ago I submitted my latest Postcards from Paris: Mosaic to Belle Inspiration Online Magazine. This postcard was inspired by my fledgling adventures with multi-cultural Paris. The city's heart is tres plien de tout. So much to see, experience and learn I've only recently became serious about delving a bit deeper, wandering off the main boulevard. This postcard is a promise to myself, a portend of things to come.

The cusp of Spring/Summer is the time when I began to plan my next trip to Paris in earnest: I pull out my guide books, scour my favorite Paris-centric 'sites and blogs, add a few choice pieces to my French Girl's Wardrobetext and @mail my expat friends on the latest on dit, and get into some serious planning and scheming with Mimi. For this trip I've added my wandering list. Gonna grab my camera and Coco, hop on a bus and delve beneath the surface...

Triangle de Choisy (13th arrondissement).

Photo: Guardian.co.uk.
Little Africa (18th arrondissement)

Little Jaffna & Little Bombay (10th arrondissement)

Photo: Flicker
The Muslim community (9th arrondissement)

Photo: Wikipedia
Batignolles (17th arrondissement)
You know me,  gotta work in a trip in my T.A.R.D.I.S ;-} 

More than a decade ago I discovered Batignolles (in the pages of my beloved, sadly, tragically defunct) This City Paris. Batignolles is a village on the edges of the city that is wonderfully, deliberately, stubbornly trapped in a time warp - right between the end of the 18th & the beginning of the 19th centuries. Batignolles appealed to me because even the most historic neighborhoods in the heart of the city have the sophisticated layer of cutting edge modernity. Leaving my Historian's time traveling heart wanting. I've always planned to go - bien sur even when I'm in my magical city, life happens - and I did not, have not. I wonder if the 'village' has managed to maintain it's time warp? 
I can't wait to find out. 

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


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