On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020) as a place to share our adventures and observations, no matter where we are.
Welcome MollyS, another first submission! I absolutely love these photos of Paris life. Seeing these photos makes me want to go to Paris and never leave. I could feel my breathing slow and a calm came over me. (Except for the last photo – as far as i’m concerned, they can send those modern apartments back where they came from.) ~WaterGirl
I’m sure you have received many pictures of the Paris we recognize from movies and news stories. I’m sending pictures of Paris where many of the 2 million-plus Parisians live and where I’ve been visiting regularly for 8 years. My daughter spent several summers and a few semesters in Paris while working on her PhD in French literature. She met and married a terrific young Frenchman and they now live in the Seventeenth Arrondissement, north of the world-famous attractions along the Seine. The 17th is filled with excellent shops, markets, restaurants, and small parks that very few tourists venture up to see.
Paris has 421 municipal parks and gardens within its 40.7 square miles. (London, in contrast, is 600 square miles.) Le square des Batignolles, at 4 acres, is the largest green space in the 17th arrondissement.
Le marché biologique des Batignolles is an outdoor organic market, held every Saturday at the boulevard des Batignolles. The vendors are certified organic farmers.
Les artichauts… artichokes, along with radishes, scallions, and beets at le marché des Batignolles.
Christmas tree shopping, rue de Lévis. You select your tree, then if you don’t have a car (and most don’t) or a friend with a car, you tote your tree back to your apartment.
My daughter and son-in-law’s favorite local restaurant, Le Perroquet Vert, on rue Cavallotti. The nightly menu is written on the blackboard which is taken to each table and placed on a chair for the diners to make their selections. Every meal I’ve had there has been superb!
Montmartre, in the 18th, is a 15-minute walk up the hill from the 17th. This staircase is at rue Paul Albert, one of several sets of stairs leading to the hilltop and la Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. The climb up to the basilica is steep but once you’re at the top, you have all of Paris beneath you.
Old-style Paris apartments, on rue Armand Gauthier, traditional limestone buildings with wrought-iron balconies. The motorcycles are everywhere because if you’re not walking or on the Metro, you’re on a bike.
New-style Parisian apartments, on rue Mére Teresa. The building is in the Clichy-Batignolles urban development zone, which includes the new Tribunal de Paris, a 21st-century courthouse-complex. The complex provides offices and courts in addition to those in the Palais de Justice on the íle de la Cité.