29.7.09

Rue du Faubourg du Temple


I have already made posts about Belleville, an area in the eastern part of Paris. Mostly you refer to Rue de Belleville and the adjacent streets in the 19th and 20th arrondissements. Originally, Belleville was however a commune (integrated in Paris in 1860) which also covered part of the present 10th and 11th arrondissements. The street I will talk about today, Rue du Faubourg du Temple is the continuation of rue de Belleville in the direction of Place de la République (see previous posts) and represents the border between the 10th and 11th arrondissments. The feeling along the street is very much the “Belleville” of today; cheap shops, bars and restaurants and a lot of Chinese and Arab influence ... and here more tags than graffiti or "urban art".
Once again, the charm is often to be found when you more or less successfully push some gates to hidden courtyards and alleys.

One remarkable building is the “Palais du Commerce”. It was built in the 20’s. Today, you will on the ground floor find some not extremely fashionable shops, but walking up the stairs there are some quite nice establishments, studios and offices. Your eyes are however especially attracted by the stained glass windows.

Some quite well-known theatres and clubs can be found along the street, including “La Java”, inside the “Palais du Commerce”, where as well Maurice Chevalier as Edith Piaf (with Belleville origins) made their first performances.

When crossing Boulevard Jules Ferry (covering the Canal St. Martin – see previous post), there are some trees and the statue of “La Grisette”, a typical Parisian profile of the 19th century; selling food or flowers in the surrounding streets or working in one the then existing factories along the canal and probably having a few male friends. (Adam, "Invisible Paris", made a very complete post about her.)





42 comments:

Karen said...

As usual, an interesting post. Welcome back. Hope your trip to Sweden was pleasant.

Thérèse said...

La visite de Paris se poursuit agréablement. Je me demande par qui on remplacerait "la grisette" de nos jours?

Carole said...

Encore bravo Peter !
Les vitraux sont superbes.
A bientôt.

Olivier said...

tout a fait d'accord avec Carole, les vitraux sont magnifiques

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Welcome back Peter! Hope your time in Sweden was good!

Loved the first picture!

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear Peter!
Welcome back!Fabulous stained glasses and this place is full of beautiful details!
Léia ;)
Bonjour Luxembourg

claude said...

Cela me rapelle qq chose. Je l'ai arpenté souvent la rue du faubourg du Temple coupée par l'avenue dans laquelle j'ai habité jusqu'à mes 11 ans, tout près du métro Goncourt.
Nous allions au cinéma au Palais des glaces.
Mais d'après tes photos je découvre des choses que je ne connaissais pas.

Adam said...

Thanks Peter for making a post about the street on which I live! You should have popped in for tea! Thanks too for linking to my site. Actually, on my site today I have made a post about a small feature of this street.

Some great photos here too, and it is indeed a fascinating street and I love living here. I notice that you say that there are more tags then urban art, but I think it should be noted that there are at least two M. Chats, a Space Invader and a Kouka (the African tribesman displayed in one of your photos above!)

Abraham Lincoln said...

I see you are back in business again. Welcome back.

Be part of history. Abraham Lincoln

hpy said...

Bon retour! Bon en tout cas pour nous, avec ces vitraux absolument fantastiques dans leur simplicité.
Les vacances m'attendent, ou plutôt, j'attends mes vacances avec impatience. Je serai loin de tout. Loin d'internet surtout, je pense.

Shammickite said...

I think I would like to spend a day just wandering round that district, looking in the shops, camera ready, perhaps taking in a restaurant and one of the theatres or clubs. An ideal way to spend a few hours!
Meanwhile, good to see you back from Sweden, Peter, I hope you had an enjoyable visit to your homeland.

hpy said...

Your mailbox seems to be full. I can't send you a personal message on your hotmail-adress! It comes back. Grrrrrrrr!

arabesque said...

hi peter! i see ur back from sweden...thorough explanation on belleville...looks like it can be a busy market during weekends.
btw, thnx for following my blog. appreciate it a lot.:)

lyliane said...

Tu as fait bon voyage? j'espère que tu n'as pas du aller au secours populaire après avoir fait la Java avec la Grisette...

alice said...

Un mélange d'ambiances dans ce quartier! Et des vitraux surprenants et magnifiques. Je suis contente de te retrouver, tu nous manquais.

Claudia said...

Charming little unknown corners of Paris. Welcome back! Greetings from sunny Lisbon :-)

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have returned today to answer your comment about no birds and bees. We have only had one butterfly this year that I saw yet we have forests of flowers they love. And, the multitude of birds of all kinds and colors are no longer here this year. We have an odd assortment of English Sparrows and one hawk since February.

We have the Conservatives, and their mastermind, Karl Rove and the last Bush in the Whine House to thank for this. They are the ones who scoffed at the idea of Global Warming and refused to sign the treaties.

Tell you friends. Link up. Be part of history. Abraham Lincoln

from cali said...

Such a feast for the eyes! I have yet to explore this area. Another trip to Paris is (always) in order.

claude said...

Pour tout te dire, je préfère la nature aussi aux casino. Mon Chéri et moi ce n'est pas trop notre truc, mais il fallait bien suivre le mouvement, par contre nous avions une chambre d'hotel superbe et gratuite par dessus le marché !
C'est peut-être la raison de notre visite là-bas (endroit que nous connaissions déjà). Je préfère Paris, et de loin !!!

Cergie said...

Encore une fois je dirai que Paris est petit puisque descendant tout en haut de la rue de Belleville on voit la Tour Eiffel et en bas du Fbg du Temple qui la prolonge on arrive au quai de Jemmapes.
Ce quartier est tel que je les aime : à l'image du monde, varié et caché à la fois comme le montre les jardins et arrière cours.

nathalie in avignon said...

Welcome home Peter, ravie de te retrouver.

J'ai été moi-même souvent partie d'Avignon, par petites tranches de 3-4 jours. Ai casé beaucoup de boulot dans les tranches de non-vacances, pas beaucoup le temps de visiter les blogs.

J'ai adoré ton post sur le tango, ta première photo, presque abstraite, est un régal pour les yeux.

On te voit dans le sud bientot ?

sonia a. mascaro said...

Peter, you always amaze me with your beautiful photos from Paris! Love this post!

PS: Thanks for your visiting to my blog. I would love to know Paris, of course, and also Barcelona, principally because I love Gaudi. My son went last month to a Symposium of Peaches, in Lérida, near Barcelona. I don't know if I told you that Fernando is Engineer Agronomist with specialization in fruits.

ALAIN said...

Il y a beaucoup de choses à voir, dans ce coin, j'y suis passé souvent, mais je n'avais pas tout vu.

Peter said...

Karen:
Thanks! The trip to Sweden was basically to handle certain things for my mother. My kids were there also. :-)

Thérèse:
Je me le demande aussi! :-)

Carole:
A bientôt, j'espère! :-)

Peter said...

Olivier:
Donc, noujs sommes tous d'accord! :-)

Rakesh:
Good, the I chose the right one! :-)

Léia:
Thanks for greetings from Luxembourg! :-)

Peter said...

Claude:
Il faut bien regarder à gauche et à droite! :-)

Adam:
Too bad I missed the tea!
I know, there is some real urban art also, but I felt that the tagging dominated more here than in som other Belleville / Menilmontant areas. :-)

Abe:
Nack in "buisness", for a short while. Soon leaving again! :-)

Peter said...

hpy:
Enfin, des vacances pour du vrai aussi pour toi et DD! :-)

The mailbox should not be full. Pls try again! :-)

Shammickite:
Yes, one should take ones's time! :-)

Arabesque:
It will be a pleasure to follow also your blog! :-)

Peter said...

Lyliane:
Tu me connais mieux que ça! :-)

Alice:
... et ton blog et tes commentaires me manquaient aussi! :-)

Claudia:
Lucky one, you took the right direction! :-)

Peter said...

Abe:
Good that you changed your president! Will it bring back the birds and the bees? :-)

From Cali:
Next time in Paris, don't forget to contact me! :-)

Claude:
Quoi de mieux que Paris? :-)

Peter said...

Cergie:
Moi aussi, j'aime bien ce quartier! :-)

Nathalie:
Je descend la semaine prochaine. Aimerais absolument te voir! :-)

Sonia:
Good that Fernando is travelling, but I would hope that you also made a trip to Europe, to Paris more particularly! :-)

Peter said...

Alain:
Donc des choses à voir la prochaine fois! :-)

from cali said...

Thank you, Peter. I will take you up on that!

Peter said...

Frol Cali:
Good! :-)

Eli said...

thanks for the photos - an area I am only just beginning to discover due to 'Chance! being at Palais des glaces and Theatre du Tambour Royal for 'Une Americaine a Paris'.

Great shoe shops!!!

Peter said...

Eli:
So, you should continue your discovering tours, there is so much to see! :-)

ParisBreakfasts said...

Another WOW!
I do not know this part of Paris at all...are there any macarons?
:)

Peter said...

Mybe not the best area for macarons! :-)

GMG said...

Le Palais du Commerce is a stunning building...

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Peter said...

GMG:
It is, indeed! :-)

Ruth said...

The variety of windows is remarkable. My favorite view is the ivy-covered arch.

Peter said...

Ruth:
Good choice! :-)