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Belleville for the people!

Belleville is a political neighborhood.  Maybe that is why I am drawn to it.  Most people vote left--socialist, communist, etc.  In the late 1800's, one out of ten Parisian anarchists lived in Belleville and the area played a central role in the Commune. Belleville is up high--the highest spot in Paris is in it--and it…
Love runs the streets

Different Worlds

There are many worlds in the 19e and 20e. Who lives in this building with the creative tile work? I imagine an artist lives there. The neighborhood is dotted with artist studios. They beautify and add interest to the area and also challenge its visual norms.   There is street art, too. Sometimes one piece…
10th Belleville En Vrai block prints

Real Belleville

Sunday, I saw a completely other side of Belleville at the Parc de Belleville belvedere.  I went because there is always something going on there on Sundays.  What I saw was the tale end of a festival called "Belleville en Vrai" (Real Belleville).  It's the tenth year of this three-day festival which includes, I discovered,…
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Synagogue of the Undead Rabbi

When I am in Paris, I always stay in Belleville, the 19e or 20e.  I stay in a different part each year and as a result see and learn different things.  This year, I'm near the Pyrénées metro stop, close to Parc de Belleville.  I'm really at the crossroads of the vast variety of cultures…
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Dominique Grange 2

Belleville for the people!

Belleville is a political neighborhood.  Maybe that is why I am drawn to it.  Most people vote left--socialist, communist, etc.  In the late 1800's, one out of ten Parisian anarchists lived in Belleville and the area played a central role in the Commune. Belleville is up high--the highest spot in Paris is in it--and it…
Love runs the streets

Different Worlds

There are many worlds in the 19e and 20e. Who lives in this building with the creative tile work? I imagine an artist lives there. The neighborhood is dotted with artist studios. They beautify and add interest to the area and also challenge its visual norms.   There is street art, too. Sometimes one piece…
10th Belleville En Vrai block prints

Real Belleville

Sunday, I saw a completely other side of Belleville at the Parc de Belleville belvedere.  I went because there is always something going on there on Sundays.  What I saw was the tale end of a festival called "Belleville en Vrai" (Real Belleville).  It's the tenth year of this three-day festival which includes, I discovered,…
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