nature which has played the main role: the quarries in the subsoil
have prevented tall buildings from taking the place of small houses
with verdant gardens. This is why you will discover numerous squares,
gardens, kitchen gardens and other rural splendours in the heart
of Paris. This village atmosphere can also be appreciated in the
public places, bars and restaurants, where almost everyone knows
may prefer the peace and quiet of the Nationale - Chevaleret neighbourhood
in the east of the 13th arrondissement to this lively and vibrant
atmosphere. Here, there are just small streets where the architecture
almost invites you to come and look, with their gardens and inner
courtyards. It is still one of the least urban and least cold neighbourhoods
of Paris, not at all modern and clinical, but rather ancient and
lovers of culture:
can visit the Manufacture des Gobelins, founded by Colbert, which
retraces the history of the production of tapestries right up to
today, as it is still working.
can also go on a little trip to Asia in order to admire the pagoda
architecture of the Parisian Chinatown. Here, 80% of the population
is Asian, although of different origins. The first to underline
these differences are the inhabitants themselves, who do not want
to make a homogeneous block out of all these nationalities.
you can enter the giant Bibliothèque Nationale de France
François Mitterrand, a glass building, with its four towers
surrounding the central garden.
lovers of shopping :
can take typical Asian objects home with you from your trip to Chinatown,
and on approaching the Place d'Italie you can stop at the shopping
centre. But apart from that, the 13th arrondissement will only partly
satisfy your shopping needs.
remember : La Butte aux Cailles / Les
Gobelins / Le Quartier Asiatique / La Place d'Italie / Le Quartier
Nationale - Chevaleret / La Bibliothèque Nationale de France