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From Montsouris to Montparnasse (14th)

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Welcome to picturesque Paris (2nd)
The Calm of the Temple and the life of the Marais (3rd)
The chic of life on the islands (4th Arrondissement)
The neighbourhood for everyone (5th)
Pure animation! (6th)
Institutional Paris (7th)
The neighbourhood of VIPs (8th)
Shopping in an atmosphere of cabaret (9th)
The neighbourhood of the stations (10th)
The Rock'n'Roll Neighbourhood (11th)
When the modern style sets in, Nature resists (12th)
The heterogeneous neighbourhood (13th)
From Montsouris to Montparnasse (14th)
A spot of green in a densely populated Paris (15th)
Culture and history everywhere (16th)
Popular and chic! (17th)
Bohemian Montmartre according to Aznavour (18th)
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Accommodation for all (20th)
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The 14th arrondissement is also a many-faceted neighbourhood. The most well-known is of course Montparnasse with its sea air brought with them by the Bretons, who make up the majority of the population here.

But we mustn't forget the Quartier de Plaisance either, which has an appropriate name, as it is pleasant to wander down the streets of this still little known popular neighbourhood of Paris.

While Montparnasse has lost much of its charm with its redevelopment, there are still two other little neighbourhoods which have not been affected by modernism: Denfert-Rochereau, with a very provincial population and atmosphere, and Alésia, near the Parc Montsouris, very picturesque and bucolic.

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for lovers of leisurely walks :

Lovers of peaceful beauty, difficult to find in a big city like Paris, should choose the neighbourhoods of Alésia, Denfert-Rochereau and Plaisance.

The Plaisance neighbourhood is to the south-west of the arrondissement and will surprise you with its small buildings and its attractive, colourful architecture. Magnificent inner courtyards with little gardens and glass colonnades will convince you that classicism and the modern can be mixed with wonderful results.

At the centre of the 14th arrondissement can be found the neighbourhood of Denfert known by name thanks to its metro station and its square guarded by the Lion de Belfort (a superb sculpture). But few know its true wealth. This neighbourhood is more like a small bucolic village where you can admire the small villas and their gardens in flower. You mustn't miss going through the catacombs which were formerly used to relieve the big Parisian cemeteries and the famous La Santé prison that you can admire from outside, in complete freedom.

Finally, to the south-east of the 14th arrondissement is the very old neighbourhood of Alésia, where numerous artists have chosen to live in the middle of the greenery. On going further into the neighbourhood you can pass in front of the Montsouris reservoir which is actually higher than seven-storey buildings. On passing among the workshops of artists and the squares with gardens, you will reach the Parc Montsouris, which is the second biggest park of Paris, with a lake, a roundabout and copses.

for lovers of culture :

The Paris observatory, located at the north-eastern end of the arrondissement, will please the lovers of astronomy. This building can be visited on the 1st Saturday of each month and lets you discover the sky with its collection of measuring devices, ancient telescopes and other instruments of astronomy from all ages.

You can of course go to the top of the Tour Montparnasse and go to the Marché de la Création every Sunday at its foot. All kinds of artists can be found here: painters, sculptors, jewellers and others.

But more interesting still is to wander around Montparnasse, with its architectural beauty, where iron, wood, mosaic and friezes are mixed. A treat to look at.

for lovers of shopping :

The largest number of traders is to be found around the Tour Montparnasse. From small clothes boutiques to artists' studios, and including the very famous TATI, all styles can be found here.

To remember : Le Quartier de Denfert-Rochereau / Le Quartier de Plaisance / Le Quartier Montsouris / Le Quartier Montparnasse.

 

   
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