Let’s end our tour of Paris villages where we can easily picture ourselves living in the Charonne neighborhood since it really looks like a small village.
And it’s normal since it’s one! It’s in 1860 that the Charonne village is appended by Napoleon III and becomes a whole district of Paris. The so-classed neighborhood is to be found then all around the beautiful Eglise Saint-Germain-de-Charonne and its cemetery (still visible today!) about which we told you about just here.
The village of Charonne managed to keep its working charm from yesteryear when the village was just a place of many factories (of leather, matches, candles and even hats). Cobbled alleys lined with low houses, flowered small gardens, old street lights and small bars are many. These past times can be particularly felt in some streets of the neighborhood, such as the rue Riblette.
Not far from there, you have the Pavillon de l’Ermitage, a vestige of the ancient Château de Bagnolet and its small park that are worth a longer stop to rest or discover the temporary exhibitions inside the pavilion: the Eglise Saint-Jean-Bosco – a small Art Déco marvel built in the 1930’s – the Jardin Naturel Pierre-Emmanuel – a wild garden – and the rue des Vignoles – paced by a dozen and green dead ends – absolutely lovely.
Paris 20th arrondissement and its small villages have a lot in store when it comes to calm and greenery!
Quartier de Charonne
75020 Paris 20