The quartier is in a district known as La Nouvelle Athénes......an area first developed in the 1820s for the rising professional class of the industrial era.
Many of the grand mansions in La Nouvelle Athénes have a neo-classical design featuring large porches, cast-iron balcony railings as well as intricate mouldings and friezes. The area was once loved by artists and musicians including Chopin, George Sand, Jean Cocteau, Delacroix, Gustav Moreau...(our apartment is in the same street as Gustav's maison and atelier!) And today you can still see many music shops, artists' ateliers and framing studios in La Nouvelle Athénes and St Georges...as well as the more modern boutiques, cafés, marchés, bookstores et al.
Our 3rd floor apartment has those creaking parquet floors that I love, 6 glorious windows framing a Parisian sky and a trés, trés petite (2 person) lift....absolutely essential after a long day of exploring...who wants to climb stairs!
After a week of unpacking and moving things about (as you do).....the apartment, at last, feels like home.
So now here's a little peek at La Nouvelle Athénes.
|Here's a couple of shots of the apartment....it has everything we need...|
and should be a comfortable base for the next year.
|Now you can see why I needed to ship my Fedex boxes...I wish I could be more minimal...but I'm not good at it!|
|So...this is where I am at present....happily blogging! |
A little late this week.....
but I've been flat out settling into the new apartment.
|The flower boxes across from our apartment are gorgeous. They're filled with red and pink geraniums.|
|Side view from our apartment....the dramatic architecture of St Georges.|
The mansion below is beautiful and so grand...
I'm sure there's a story here!
|I love these apartments just across from our apartment...|
they're currently being refurbished...morning, noon and night!
|Rue des Martyrs...|
the more I get to know this market street
the more I like it.
It has everything......
|Wonderful legumes and fruits|
|Creative breads and interior decoration too.|
|Fab music shops are everywhere in La Nouvelle Athénes and St Georges.|
|Le Muselet is a new champagne bar close to home....could this be a problem for Pierre et moi?|
And I'm sure you know that a muselet/muzzle is the wire cage around the cork.
(Bernadette O'Shea, Brisbane's champagne consultant, taught me that!)
|Beautiful mouldings and friezes in La Nouvelle Athénes|
|Of course...lots of l'armour in La Nouvelle Athénes..well, it is Paris!|
|And...our local florist brings his 2 darlings to work with him every day.....what's not to love about them!|
Hope you liked this little peek.....black and white images just seem to suit La Nouvelle Athénes.....it's a real Parisian neighbourhood....a little bit gritty...a little bit rock 'n roll...we love it!
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