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Jun 06 2012

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escaping the tourist trail in Paris…

Passing through Paris not long ago, on my way to Toulouse, I needed a bed for a night, and stayed in a miniscule but lovely studio in a three-storey house in a street which my Paris friends later told me they had never heard of! It also seemed that tourists hadn’t heard of it, although as well as L’Hotel Particulier, where I stayed, I noticed another of the houses functions as a hotel, Hotel Mignon, mignon translating as ‘cute’. That certainly describes the whole street. It’s rue Cremieux, close to the Gare de Lyon, a street of former workers’ houses, now gentrified, all painted different colours–some quite startling. Some even had various quirky decorations, and the whole effect was sublime. Many of the houses are owned and lived in by families, so even though it looks a bit theme-parky, it wasn’t like that at all. Children were playing in the street, neighbours were chatting, a few people even said ‘bonjour’ to me. My pictures will tell the story much more eloquently…

 

 

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  1. Philippa

    What a charming place! Paris is much more colourful than many people realize. On our next visit, whenever that may be, this will be on our list of places to explore. How did you find the hotel?

  2. Carolyne Lee

    I simply checked on the internet for something near the Gare de Lyon, and this one came up!

  3. Fraussie Grouet

    What an unusual place to stay!

  4. Marco

    Bonjour from Paris!
    More and more Australian tourists are seen around in Paris this year… Despite the distance and long hours flight!
    The good (or better) economic situation ?
    The favourable exchange rate ?
    New intl airlines serving Australia better ?
    Who know.. But you are more and more.
    Only from summer til now I received 5 or 6 guests from Australia, mainly from Melbourne. Currently host a couple from Sydney. A family from Canberra for new yars eve….
    It seems my loft has become an aussie favourite! Is it because it is right in the very central Montorgeuil area described by Sarah Turnbull ‘almost French’ novel?
    Anyway if you look for an alternative to a hotel…

    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/402516

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    […] Passing through Paris not long ago, on my way to Toulouse, I needed a bed for a night, and stayed in a miniscule but lovely studio in a three-storey house in a street which my Paris friends later told me they had never heard of! It also seemed that tourists hadn’t heard of it, although as well as L’Hotel Particulier, where I stayed, I noticed another of the houses functions as a hotel, Hotel Mignon, mignon translating as ‘cute’. That certainly describes the whole street. It’s rue Cremieux, close to the Gare de Lyon, a street of former workers’ houses, now gentrified, all painted different colours–some quite startling. Some even had various quirky decorations, and the whole effect was sublime. Many of the houses are owned and lived in by families, so even though it looks a bit theme-parky, it wasn’t like that at all. Children were playing in the street, neighbours were chatting, a few people even said ‘bonjour’ to me. My pictures will tell the story much more eloquently… Read more […]

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