27.6.08

Close to the Père Lachaise Cemetery


If you are visiting the Père Lachaise Cemetery (see previous post), and have some extra time, there are a few things to be seen just south of the cemetery. There are actually some stairs and a small gate leading directly to one of the smallest parks in Paris, “Le Jardin Naturel” (The Natural Garden). As the name indicates it’s natural and wild, nothing is cut, nothing is watered. It’s also very calm - very few visitors (the address is 120, rue de la Réunion). Within a minute’s walk from the park, you can find some small streets with old workshops and some living facilities. Most of similar workshops elsewhere have been or are on their way to be transformed to expensive lofts, but not here. You imagine yourself in a different century, or at least in a different decade. The small streets you could visit are called Villa Riberolle, Cité Aubry, Rue Ligner, Rue de Lesseps... The access may partly be difficult during the weekend; some gates may be closed. One of the old workshops has however been transformed – for an artist association called “Goumen Bis”. The walls have some very elaborate graffiti. I will be off, travelling, for about a week. I will probably not blog before Friday next week. Take care and keep blogging!

32 comments:

lyliane said...

Ce petit jardin est superbe, on dirait le mien nothing is cut...
et ces grafitis là me plaisent, c'est rare.
Bon voyage, amuse toi bien
Grosses bises à bientôt.

catied said...

wow - i would love to live there! thank you for the insider's view. The contrast between Le Jardin Naturel and the graffiti is very interesting! Safe travels.

PS. thank you to Mr. Lincoln too as I just decimated about 10 inches from the strand's 18 mi of books. best wishes with the MTX.

Shionge said...

I feel like an artist as I browse through your post today Peter :D

Away?? Cool!! Have a nice break and take care too :D

claude said...

J'aime les beaux quartiers de Paris, mais alors là, je suis ravie de voir qu'il y a de pures merveilles dans la capitale. Si je devais retourner vivire à Paris, c'est sans aucun doute dans un quartier comme celui-là. Ou peut-être rue Campagne Première...!
Bon voyage Peter et à bientôt !

SusuPetal said...

What lovely small alleys!

Enjoy your travel! I'll be off to Åbo for a few days, too.

hpy said...

Alors, bon weekend, bon voyage, et sois sage.

Matritensis said...

Travel? where?

Enjoy it and buen viaje!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Have fun as you are probably now well on your way unto next week when you will return. I left you the following message on Better Blog Writing and thank you for your help in naming my beautiful flower there...

Blogger Peter from Paris said...

Thanks be to Peter of Paris and lately Sweden, fame, for telling me this beautiful flower has a name one better than mere "daisy" it is indeed, thanks to you, Peter, a real Marguerite Daisey"

—Tall leafy-stemmed Eurasian perennial with white flowers; widely naturalized; often placed in genus Chrysanthemum.


Thank you very much, Peter. It means so much to me to be able to call plants by their proper name but with my bugs and bees and birds I almost run out of help from my brains. You are a saviour of sorts. Thanks.

alice said...

Difficile de croire qu'il existe encore de tels endroits en plein Paris. Mais si, parole de Peter!
Bon voyage, reviens-nous vite quand même!

alice said...

Je reviens de chez Lyliane, ce qui me permet de te faire une grosse bise pour ta fête!

Ex-Shammickite said...

Another informative post from the pen (keyboard?) of Peter. The graffiti is quite astonishing, some of those graffiti arrtists are so talented. I wonder if those walls will be preserved as masterpieces 100 years from now?
Next time I go to Paris, I'm going to print out all your wonderful posts and use them as a tourist guide book!

Jessica said...

I wish I had known about that park when I was there. It looks beautiful and I was already so close to it! Once again, gorgeous pictures, Peter.

Enjoy your travels!

ruth said...

I love the Bohemian departure from manicured Paris up there, and a natural garden!! I never knew. It makes me incredibly happy!

Bon week-end, Peter!

Cergie said...

Tu as sûrement fumé de l'herbe que tu as trouvée je ne sais où. Maybe poussant dans un de ces jardins trop luxuriants pour être honnêtes, car je te trouve assez speed depuis quelques temps. J'espère que l'air de là haut dans les nuages va te faire du bien à tes nerfs, Speedy Gonzalès.

:o)

See you soon !

claude said...

BONNE FETE PETER ! + une grosse bises !

Marguerite-Marie said...

très bonne fête si j'en crois le calendrier de Liliane et ce billet est encore très beau. J'aime beaucoup ce quartier (une de mes filles est dans le 11° tout près de la rue de la Roquette)

Marguerite-Marie said...

très bonne fête si j'en crois le calendrier de Liliane et ce billet est encore très beau. J'aime beaucoup ce quartier (une de mes filles est dans le 11° tout près de la rue de la Roquette)

Neva said...

I like the little streets with the cobblestones and the graffiti is interesting.....

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

Hey Peter, Have a good week enjoy and bring back lots of stories and photograps, of course we'll keep on blogging!

I am back to basics for healtreasons and I'm makings small shots with my cell (mobile phone) You would b surprised and today saterdauy 28th I showed my birthday celebrating dog,

Thanks for visiting my site/blog last week
Happy weekend from JoAnn

Mona said...

wow! your's must be a garden city. So much greenery & so many flowers around!

The graffiti wall is awesome!

ALAIN said...

Bonne fête Peter. Bravo pour le jardin naturel. Je vois que tu es revenu dans le quartier de Charonne qui est plein de ressources pour les photographes.
Bonne vacances et à bientôt.

p'tit loup said...

Un message magnifique, bravo.

Bonne fête à toi, Peter de Paris !

Signé :
P'tit Loup de Cergy

GMG said...

Hi Peter! Only you would be able to find and post this small beauty... Le Jardin Naturel! If I remember well, it's not obvious to find the way in, but my memries from the site are already almost 30 years old... Wonderful pictures!
Front de Seine shows a different perspective of Paris, with some skyscrapers that have made their way into the city and were not shifted to La Defense... Must confess that I don't adore the Paris high buildings; always remember (right or wrong) the Place d'Italie zone, far from being interesting... Anyhow, these are exceptional!
About the Fête de La Musique, confess: you had a private invitation from Carla... ;)
Hope you had a nice party and have an excellent trip! See you back at the Paris-Dakar race in Santiago de Compostela…

April said...

A wonderful and strange place, so pittoresque, so wild. You make great discoveries.

krystyna said...

Interesting that there is a really natural and wild "The Natural Garden".
Have a great time, Peter!

Olivier said...

coin magique de Paris, ce petit jardin Qui sent bon le métropolitain.
Dans une de tes photos, on devine une peinture murale derriere des plantes, cette peinture semble tres belle.

Deslilas said...

Belles découvertes dans ce quartier très attachant au sens propre et figuré.

Noushy Syah said...

The concept of natural garden really nice...love those kind of crawling plants,shrubs and some weeds are just gorgeous.

Enjoy your travelling and awaiting for more pics.Cu soon.Take care.

lyliane said...

Pas encore rentré? j'espère que tu seras là samedi.

di.di said...

knock,knock...anybody home? or are you still frolicking in an alpine meadow in switzerland.

Marie-Noyale said...

Les adresses de verdure insolites dans Paris commencent a prendre de l'etoffe dans mon calepin grace a ce blog..
Mon fils sera a Dauphine pour un an a partir de septembre,je vais donc avoir l'occasion de flaner dans les rues de Paris...en venant le visiter!!
Bonne fin de vacances.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your site. I find, from research that my great grandfather lived at 91 Rue de Maraichers. he was a wood artisan. Does anyone know anything about this street please?

J'aime bien ce site. je trouve que mon arriere grandpere vivait a 91 Rue de Maraichers. Est-ce que quelqu'un connait l'endroit ou l'histoire de l'endroit s'il vous plait