10.6.09

Villa Daviel ... and urban art again


I already posted about the “Butte aux Cailles”, but returned there with Virginia the other day and thought I could make a small additional post.

There are several quiet corners here and you still get a nice authentic feeling – including from the bars and the restaurants; so far rather few tourists around!












One little street which I did not cover in my previous posts is called “Villa Daviel”. (A “villa” would in Paris correspond to a small street, with individual houses.)
The street is very calm and the cats can walk around without any major risk.In my previous posts about the “Butte aux Cailles” I showed several examples of “urban art”. Together with the streets around Rue Mouffetard, like Rue Arbalète on which I posted the other day, the “Buttes aux Cailles” is also an area where artist activities are much promoted, more particularly by an association called the “Lezarts de Bièvre” (see their site) which e.g. organises visits to artist studios (including the coming weekend).

One of the houses on Villa Daviel is occupied by artists. The front gate is decorated by the overall present Jeff Aérosol and they had also posted information about the coming weekend events. Each year an “urban artist” (graffiti artist) is also in honour. Previous years such artists have been the ones appearing on my recent Rue Arbalète post like MissTic, Mesnager, Némo, Mosko, Speedy Graphito, Jef Aérosol, FKDL, Artiste Ouvrier... This year they have chosen “Jana und JS” and you can see some of their works here.

45 comments:

GMG said...

Hi Peter! You had to go back to the scene... ;) Wonderful post, but after this tourists won't be so few... ;)
Have a great week. I'm stuck here, enjoying the holidays... ;))

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wonderful post, Peter! What a nice and beautiful place! Thanks for sharing your city.

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Hello Peter! Your post takes me back to the time I spent in Paris; just a wonderful, wonderful place to be. Thanks for taking me back to a beautiful time in my life.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Peter!
This place is really wonderful and has beautiful "cats and kitties"for our delight!
=^.^=

Thanks for sharing!
Hugs from Brazil
Cezar & Léia

lady jicky said...

I would love to have a house there!
So pretty and near Paris central too.
Perfect!

James said...

I love art, I love cats and of course I love paris. So you can guess how I feel about this post. :-)

Azer Mantessa said...

i was like twisting my head watching that last picture ... the lady by the window ... i was a bit confused. then i realize it's a painting on the wall!!!

that is a very good idea!!!

Lara said...

beautiful cats! and beautiful buldings too!

Olivier said...

de superbes peintures murales, une villa qui vaut le détour. La peinture de la fille qui regarde par la fenêtre est superbe (j'aime le tatouage, une bonne idée), et puis il a eut le temps de te peintre pendant que tu prenais les photos ;o)

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Peter, this is superb, as always! I see a very laid back, qualitative life via your pictures!

Fantastic!

By the way, a few of my friends have said hello!

Shaun said...

Hmmmmm, urban art is obviously the name given to Grafitti to legitamise it... I still like it but imagine the architect who designs the buildings may believe that in fact his art is being defaced by this "urban art"... or Grafitti... Taking nothing away from the post though... and nice pics :)

Mona said...

Those villas are cool! And I love the cats!

the urban art is unbelievable!

hpy said...

C'est toujours aussi étonnant de voir ces petites rues et ruelles où on a l'impression que le temps s'est arrêté. Et pourtant il y en a. Seulement on n'y pense pas, quand on pense Paris.

Cergie said...

Les pochoirs c'est comme les affiches on les retrouve égaux à eux même partout. Les affiches et peintures murales ont apporté beaucoup aux photos anciennes de Paris, pourquoi faire la fine bouche aujourd'hui ? Elles témoignent.
Elle est belle cette villa, j'ai vu d'abord "Jardin des Plantes" sur ton plan, c'était trompeur, c'est bien plus bas donc.
Je me suis tout d'abord dit aussi : encore du lilas en fleur ? Sans doute un rosier, magnifique, plutôt, ou autre chose ?
(Salue Virginia de ma part !)

Jilly said...

Such a beautiful area. I love the way you show the unknown Paris, or unknown to me, anyway. Looks a gorgeous place to live. Love the cat portraits and the street art.

Ruth said...

Looks like cats can safely sleep too.

Terrific art, so casual and temporary - even better.

My favorite shot is the stacked wood with the purple door.

Nathalie said...

Ah, un Paris de rêve, tranquille, fleuri, plein de charme discret...
Qui ne voudrait habiter là ?

Ajoutez à ça de l'art urbain qui renvoie le graffiti de base à son horreur ordurière, vraiment quel régal !

Nathalie encore said...

Et Peter, cherche donc quand a lieu le prochain marathon photo FNAC à Paris ? Je suis sûre qu'il y en a un et toi qui as l'avantage de connaitre Paris comme ta poche, je suis sûre que tu ramènerais des merveilles !

Bettina said...

Just from the photos you would never think this is Paris. It's so idyllic and I just love the cats.
I have been to Butte aux cailles several times and it's such a wonderful neighbourhood to stroll.

Virginia said...

Peter,
I'm having déja vu! How fun to stroll down those lovely side streets again! You did a terrific job with these photos. Like your new avatar as well. I'm flattered!
V

PS Eva loved the chats! :)

Zhang said...

Si tu veux trouver un petit coin de paradis à Paris, ça suffit de demander à Peter.

Zhang said...

La dame qui nous tourne le dos a une belle silhouette. Le monsieur avec un instrument ne fait pas très musicien. Ce qui est au lieu, est-toi qui es en train de prendre la photo? Excuse-moi, je crois que c'est une femme.

Adam said...

Another great find Peter. I used to go to the restaurants and bars around there quite often about 10 years ago, but then I moved and now it's a difficult area to get to by public transport!

Thérèse said...

Say hello to Viriginia Peter... Why is it raining in Paris these dqys? No sun on the pictures I have been taking the few last days... but Paris is still beautiful. The visit of "La butte aux cailles" will be done through your blog though.

Owen said...

Funny, I walked through this "villa" about 23 years ago... and photographed cats. Those photos will turn up one of these days. Thanks Peter for bringing back memories...

delphinium said...

Je ne suis jamais allée dans ce coin et déjà dans ton post précédent je m'étais dit que c'était un endroit de paris qui me plairait bien. La rue Arbalète? pourquoi? guillaume tell est allé y faire un tour avec son fils et la pomme? Je t'embrasse mon petit et à bientôt
Suis un peu stress ces jours-ci

april said...

A charming little street and even more interesting with the street art.

Harriet said...

Love your new profile photo by Virginia. Adds a little mystery -- that tall figure hidden in the shadows who captures so many wonderful photos for all of us to enjoy!

m_m said...

Beautiful, lovely looking street! And all these superb details! Thanks for sharing!

Peter said...

GMG:
You are right, maybe you shouldn't write about the "secret corners"! :-)

Sonia:
Thanks! Nice to see you here! :-)

Peter said...

Sixpence...:
Time to come back? :-)

Cezar & Léia:
Hugs from the cats in Paris! :-)

Lady jicky:
Shall I look for one for you? :-)

Peter said...

James:
After what you say, I guess I can make a good guess! :-)

Azer:
Good that you found out! :-)

Lara:
Yes, not bad! :-)

Peter said...

Olivier:
... et pourtant je suis rapide pour les photos! :-)

Rakesh:
Good to see your friends around! :-)

Shaun:
I think that these artists act only where it's allowed and where it doesn't disturb anybody! :-)

Peter said...

Mona:
Happy you appreciate! :-)

hpy:
... et pourtant! :-)

Cergie:
"Autre chose" je crois! :-)

Peter said...

Jilly:
Unknown to many, to me also until the other day! :-)

Ruth:
I was also charmed by the door and to cut woods! :-)

Nathali:
Oui, un endroit qui fait un peu rêver! :-)

Peter said...

Nathalie bis:
Tu n'as participé non plus! Je vais voir! :-)

Bettina:
Happy you fond the Butte aux Cailles! :-)

Virginia:
Bises à Eva! :-)

Peter said...

Zhang:
Il reste encore des endroits à découvrir! :-

Zhang bis:
En effet, ce n'est pas moi ... et oui, plutôt une femme! :-)

Adam:
Place de l'Italie is not far away! ... and then a little walk! :-)

Peter said...

Thérèse:
Yes, Paris can be nice also when it's raining, but for walking around, I prefer the dry weather!

Owen:
Maybe the grandgrand...kids of the cats you saw? :-)

Delphinium:
Il faudrait te camler avec une petit proménade tranquille à Paris! Je t'embrasse! :-)

Peter said...

April:
Yes, it's really charming! :-)

Harriet:
Yes, I liked the photo by Virginia, so I changed my "profile"! :-)

m_m:
Thanks! I try to do my best! :-)

Carole said...

Un rêve pour nous, les parisiens : une petite maison en plein Paris.
Mais ça restera toujours un rêve.
à bientôt.

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

Beautiful shots, Peter... Love the feel you've captured on Villa Daviel, my kind of place to wander about in, breathing in the atmosphere... lovely. And capturing those cats, of course I am a cat lover and they make the surroundings that much more contemplative. Thanks Peter,
David
'PS -- Great urban art, especially the girl looking in (or out?) the window.

Peter said...

SparkleMirror:
Thanks for these encouraging words. More urban art to come ... the "window girl" is obviously Jana herself!

Per Stromsjo said...

I thought June would be a major tourist month but I guess the peak comes late July when people on the continent are starting their vacations, right?

Peter said...

Per:
Yes! ... and August is the month when you find mostly tourists only in Paris! :-)

Anonymous said...

It's my cat !
Laurent from paris - villa Daviel