Strolling To and From Rue Mouffetarde
In the early years of visiting Paris before Google Maps and cell phone assistance, I would eagerly peruse through all the travel books by Frommer, Michelin, and Rick Steves, etc. They all lauded a street called rue Mouffetarde on the Left Bank. Bernie had never been there; in fact, he’d never heard of it, and so we made our first discovery of this ancient street probably thirteen or fourteen years ago. It’s an annual jaunt for us now, and yesterday was the day to revisit. Never on a Monday as so much is closed. It’s all pedestrian and one of the oldest streets in Paris, ascending from bottom to top onto a steep hill nestled behind the Pantheon.
We started by subway and then walked all the way back home…because that’s all downhill. The subway stop we needed was right off Rue Beautrellis, and we did find the spot where Jim Morrison died in 1971. It’s so ironic that we stayed one year in an apartment directly across the street, the apartment with 83 steps! Duh…
There is always wonderful street art anywhere you go and just between our apartment and Morrison’s apartment (two blocks) we ran into these drawings and this wonderful door.
Now to some of the images of rue Mouffetarde. Many of the shops were “finished” it would seem due to COVID which is quite sad, and many of the tiny restaurants were closed, presumably because of August vacations. One of our favorite little streets called rue du Pot de Fer (street of the iron pot) which is usually lively beyond measure had only a couple of open cafés.
More nice images from our walk down the hill headed home.
Many have asked about the progress on Notre Dame. As you can see from the photo above, it’s very hard to tell because we can no longer get close. Their target date is the Olympics in 2024. To me, it seems ambitious, but we can certainly hope they make it. The last two doors above are right here on rue St. Paul. As we said yesterday, we often miss the obvious which is right under our noses.
I finished the afternoon by getting a pedicure with an Asian lady who spoke not one word of English. It was most interesting, somewhat scary, but turned out very well. Cost was 53 euros or about $60 with tip.
Today we are having lunch with the Bilbros and a Paris friend of many years who writes a blog and gives tours to Americans…Ann Jeanne. Her blog is A Friend in Paris; check it out. It will be so nice to see her again.
À tout à l’heure,
L & B
August 11, 2021 @ 10:16 am
Lovely photos of a wonderful stroll through Paris! . I see you’ve finally discovered the charm of street art. The artist of your two lovers today also had (and may still have) may paintings up on top of Parc de Belleville. They are fascinating! You need to check it out if you haven’t already.
August 11, 2021 @ 12:20 pm
What an easy strolling kind of day. It’s fun to come along and see your neighborhood finds. Buildings, doors, art, restaurants and people. I look forward to hearing about your lunch.
August 11, 2021 @ 4:24 pm
We took you and Bob there. Do you remember? It’s where we bought the necklaces made with pieces of colored suede cloth.
August 11, 2021 @ 1:08 pm
Thanks Linda! I love those old, small streets that suddenly appear!!
August 11, 2021 @ 2:16 pm
What a delightful stroll. It’s like being right there with you.
August 11, 2021 @ 3:20 pm
Oh the memories! Before our children married, we four spent wonderful Christmas holidays in an apartment very near rue Mouffetarde. If memory serves correctly, our Buche de Noel was purchased at the Patissier you shared. Thank you so much for allowing us to live vicariously through your writings and photos – what a special treat! Best to you both.
August 11, 2021 @ 4:25 pm
August 11, 2021 @ 4:47 pm
I would like to send you a photo by email. Is it possible for you to share your email address?
August 11, 2021 @ 5:06 pm
Bien sur. Lindaspalla1@gmail.com
August 11, 2021 @ 4:48 pm
What extraordinary photos in today’s post! The left bank is always tops when it comes to all things artistic – and full of surprises! Loved the painted buildings, the street art and the monument honoring James Joyce. PARIS has always been a magnet for the world’s most creative minds.
Thanks to you and Bernie for treating us to sights most of us would never otherwise see – so enriching!
August 11, 2021 @ 5:07 pm
Thanks to you and others for your comments. And yes, creative enlightenment is what Paris is about…thus the City of Light.