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☆ Quartier des Batignolles ☆

02/04/2009

☆ Quartier des Batignolles ☆

Considered a quiet neighbourhood, with its market, church and square, Batignolles was annexed to Paris in 1860..

☆ Quartier des Batignolles ☆

☆ Quartier des Batignolles ☆

At the time, this ancient hamlet between the city and fields, close to Montmartre, offered cheap living for artists..

Impressionism took form here in a café frequented by Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Monet and Renoir..

This was not just a centre for artists, and writers Zola, Verlaine, Max Jacob, Éluard and Simenon also lived here..

☆ Quartier des Batignolles ☆

And as you stroll down the rue des Dames and rue des Batignolles, something tells you that these windows, tables and welcoming café counters are still a refuge for tamed bohemians and a slower pace of life..

☆ Quartier des Batignolles ☆

☆ Quartier des Batignolles ☆

An English-style garden, a grotto, waterfall and a miniature lake, where black swans ruffle their feathers, make this park appear much larger than it is..

Among the things to see are a Turkish hazel tree, swings, a sweets kiosk, a lemon tree, carp, a sequoia, a rollerblading area, a sculpture in black stone from Volvic and table-tennis tables..

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