To start with, some pictures from Rue des Dames and maybe a few words about this very old street (formerly rather a road) which led to the Benedictine “Abbey des Dames” which during some seven or eight centuries occupied most of Montmartre. Today remains only the modest 11th century church, St. Pierre de Montmartre (see previous post), with its small cemetery (du Calvaire) (see previous post), very close to Sacré Coeur. You can see how the street was cut by the 19th century Montmartre Cemetery (see previous posts). The street and most of the buildings as they look today are basically from the second half of the 19th century; this goes also for the pictures which will follow, all from the Batignolles area in the 17th arrondissement.
(Some local readers may be interested to have some more details of where these photos were taken and I have given such information on a list referring to the indicated numbers at the end of the post.)
Number 5 here is from Avenue de Clichy. We can see how horses still took care of most transports ... and there was a tram. Number 7 is the entrance to the private street Cité des Fleurs, full of flowers during the season (see previous posts). Number 9 and number 10 are the rail tracks connecting with Gare St. Lazare (see previous post). This was where the first Paris railway line (1837) passed. More tracks have been added with the time. The small station, Batignolles, has been demolished and replaced. In most cases trees are bigger now then 100 years ago, but this is not the case on number 11. In the background on number 12, we can see a building which remains from the Farmers’ General wall (see previous post), now an entrance to the nice Parc Monceau (see previous post). The front building on number 14 was a bath for women when the postcard was published ... not any more.
I don't know if it was nicer to live those days, but at least the streets looked cosier!
1. Rue des Dames, direction Rue Lévis.
2. Crossing Rue des Dames, Rue Boursault.
3. Rue des Dames, close to Rue Nollet.
4. Rue des Dames, close to Avenue de Clichy.
5. Avenue de Clichy, close to Rue La Condamine.
6. Crossing Avenue de Clichy, Rue Legendre.
7. Avenue de Clichy, entrance Cité des Fleurs.
8. Rue Cardinet, Square des Batignolles.
9. Crossing Rue de Rome, Rue Cardinet.
10. Along Rue de Rome.
11. Place Lévis.
12. Rue Legendre, direction Monceau.
13. Crossing Boulevard des Batignolles, Rue Lévis.
14. Crossing Boulevard des Batignolles, Rue des Batignolles.