Now that you know more about the Butte-aux-Cailles, let us tell you about other hidden villages in the 13th arrondissement, because there’s a lot of them!
For instance, think about having a look at the Petite Alsace area! Also called Cité Daviel, the Petite Alsace gathers 40 brick houses with timber posts in the purest Alsatian style, scattered all around a 500-sqm courtyard. We could almost feel like in Alsace! If the Petit Alsace delights you, wait and see its neighbor, the Petite Russie!
Overlooking the timber post-houses, the Petite Russie includes 20 little houses built…. On the third floor of a building, on the rooftop of a garage! Crazy, isn’t it? They have been built in 1912 by a cab company in order to house drivers. Most of them being Russian exiled to France after the 1917 Revolution. Unfortunately, the Petite Russie isn’t open to the public but if you’re lucky to run into a local, you can ask them politely to let you in!
Many areas in Paris 13th arrondissement are heaven of peace and greenery as well. They’re easy to find since you can recognize them with their rather… poetic names! For instance, take the Cité Florale. Set further down the Parc Montsouris, the Cité Florale was built in 1928 and is such a delight with its cobbled streets and small squares, a stone’s throw from the 13th arrondissement’s buildings. Moreover, not only does the neighborhood have a floral name, the streets too, each one of them is named after a flower: orchidées [orchids], mimosas, iris, volubilis [common morning glory]. We discover small and charming houses, their faces covered in wisteria and they all feature a perfectly flowered garden, obviously!
Careful, though, don’t get the Cité Florale and the Cité Fleurie mixed. Or you’re likely to find yourself in an… even more charming place! Also set in the 13th arrondissement, the Cité Fleurie has nothing to envy the Cité Florale when it comes to charm. Greenery, flowers, works are visible in every garden. Built between 1878 and 1991 with building materials from the World Fair 1878, the Cité Fleurie is a perfectly charming artists’ den. 29 white chalets with wooden panels still houses today residences and artists’ studios. In the past, Gauguin, Henri Cadou and Modigliani lived there!
Before you leave the 13th arrondissement and its lovely small villages, you have to visit the Maison Blanche neighborhood. Every walker can discover lovely pastel color houses (light mint, candy pink, light blue) sometimes decorated with mosaics. We could almost feel like in a Scandinavian country!
Enjoy your green walk!
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