For the past week we’ve stayed in a rented apartment in the East Paris neighborhood of Ménilmontant. This neighborhood is in the outlying 20th arrondissement, far beyond where most tourists venture, so we’re getting a local feel for life in the city. It’s a wonderful and diverse neighborhood, though a bit of a trek to get to the typical tourist destinations — which is why it took us a few days before we got our first, far-off glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.
There is a lot of great street art on the walls of the buildings in the neighborhood, including this one near our apartment. Through the wonders of Instagram, a street art expert saw my photo and commented to tell me it’s the work of Paris artist, Fred le Chevalier.
The neighborhood was where the classic 1956 short film, The Red Balloon was shot. I remember watching this lovely story in school when I was a kid, and watching it again with Kevin just a few months ago. I’ll have to watch it again to see how much I recognize.
The 4th floor apartment overlooks the Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix. I haven’t yet been inside, but it’s sunny front steps are a popular gathering place in the late afternoon.
Updated 5/2/13 per request in comments: Here are some photos the apartment we rented using AirBNB. It belongs to a local photography student who was away visiting family in Argentina for a few weeks. It has a tiny, but typical, Paris kitchen.
A bright and spacious bedroom, and a small but cheerful living room. It was comfortable and the perfect amount of space for us to spend ten days without feeling cramped and I’d highly recommend the place if you are visiting Paris.
And here is a video I took about an hour ago of the view from our apartment window. There is more activity in the late afternoon after schools get out and kids fill the streets and the cafes fill up with friends meeting up after work.
I’m having some computer problems and am not sure I’ll be able to post again until we get home next week, but for more, follow us on Instagram because that’s where I’m posting my best phone photos.