11.12.09

Rue de Paradis

Just back from a wonderful three hour concert by Paul McCartney (no photos). I'm sorry, but I'm quite busy at the moment and have some difficulties to visit all blogs and posts. I do my best. Here is anyhow a post.
Rue de Paradis (the Paradise Street) in the 10th arrondissement used to be the paradise if you were looking for china, faïence, crystal ware... There are still some shops around with a large and nice choice, but it may not be quite what it used to be.
The name of the street seems to come from a small convent garden which a few centuries ago was called the Paradise.

The famous Baccarat used to be installed here with sales and a museum, but today remains only the facade with modern office buildings behind. If you wish to visit Baccarat in Paris today, you must rather go to Place-des-Etats-Unis in the 16th arrondissement (see previous post), where you will find a beautiful Baccarat Gallery (museum, shop, restaurant...).

One remarkable building on the Paradise Street (see top picture) was constructed at the end of the 19th century and used to be the office and showroom of a pottery called Boulenger, which among other things provided a large part of the Paris metro murals, including the well-known white tiles, manufactured at Choisy-le-Roi, a Paris suburb. The building was 1978-91 a museum for posters and other types of older publicity, but is today closed to public (office for the fashion house Escada).
I wish you a nice weekend!

35 comments:

from cali said...

The building in the first photo is stunning.

How was Sir Paul? ;-)

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Vagabonde said...

It is nice to look at your blog because it is so detailed. Even though I flew to Paris 2 or 3 times a year to visit my mother for about 20 years or more I never went to many places in Paris so it is nice to look at them again. For example I went o Rue Paradis on many occasions to buy china, wedding gifts, etc. with my mum years ago but did not know that most stores had left. They had such good prices. Your pictures are very evocative and even though I just came back from Paris less than a month ago, I am already homesick.

Olivier said...

tu as de la chance , tu étais au concerts de Paul McCartney, cela devait etre grandiose. Dommage pour le "pas de photos". J'aurais adore être a ce concerts....mais travail

claude said...

Quel joli nom a cette rue là !
Sublime architecture.
Comme cela tu as été voir chanter un scarabée.
Bonne journée Peter et bon wouik à toi aussi.

Peter said...

I deleted one comment, obviously a spam.

hpy said...

On voit que tu es occupé, ce post est moins détaillé que ce que tu fais d'habitude ;-)

Adam said...

Good choice for a subject. I think this street is ripe for some kind of renovation as there is a lot of interesting stuff there. For the moment though it is kind of sad and lost though, and as you say, 'not what it used to be'.

Bagman and Butler said...

Never worry about being too busy to visit everyone's posts. The time to worry is when we spend all our time visiting posts and never get outside.

Cezar and Léia said...

Three hour concert by Paul McCartney???Do you want to kill me??? LOL
oh Peter...I'm really envious!
Lucky guy! :)

Thanks for your posts, this one is beautiful and informative as usually!

I love your blog!
Léia

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...

I have not been here yet! It looks like a place I should someday see. As the comment before mine states, very beautiful and informative, as always, indeed!

I hope Paul McCartney was tremendous fun!

See you Monday! :)

Starman said...

Isn't rue de Paradis the street with all the dinnerware shops?

Rob said...

I always enjoy learning about Paris and viewing the locations on the map you provide. I trust you enjoyed the concert, would love to hear Paul McCartney in concert.

ANNA-LYS said...

hej Peter,
Ta det lugn, stressa inte runt i Blogosfären, stress har vi nog av i vårt Urbana liv, bara du besöker mig så är jag nöjd. Ha ha ha ;-)

ANNA-LYS said...

Glömde tacka för att jag får besöka Paris genom din lins!!!

Merci!!!

designslinger.com said...

From Paul McCartney to Baccarat.
What a sparkling adventure!

GMG said...

Rue du paradis has seen better days, but you managed to keep it with very high standards!! And Escada took the best... ;)

sonia a. mascaro said...

Peter, it's amazing that all places in Paris looks wonderful! Really Paris is the most beautiful city in the World! Rue du Paradise looks very nice too.

Have a nice Sunday!

Shammickite said...

Sir Paul McCartney, what a treat! I hope I get the chance to see him perform live before he retires from showbiz!
And your pictures of Rue de Paradis are stunning, gorgeous, i want to stroll down that street myself!

ALAIN said...

Au Monopoly, c'est une des moins chère, mais dans la réalité, elle est quand même pas mal.

Peter said...

from cali:
Sir Paul made a fantastic show during three hours without leaving the scene!! A nice mixture of new and old stuff, solo or accompanied by four excellent musicians! 18 thousand people watching, all sold out in 8 minutes! :-)

Vagabonde:
Next time, maybe we can make a walk together? :-)

Olivier:
A priori les photos étaient interdite, mais je pense que quelques milliers des photos ont été prises! Personnellement, j'avais envie de me concentrer sur la musique! :-)

Peter said...

Claude:
Oui, on construisait différemment à l'époque! :-)

hpy:
Désolé! Mais, c'est plus vite lu! :-)

Adam:
I don't know if there any important projects concerning this street! :-)

Peter said...

Bagman ands Butler:
Thanks! I feel already better! :-)

Léia:
I certainly don't want to kill you! But I was so happy to be able to assist, so I just had to tell it! Will you get upset if I tell you that I will see Sting Tuesday night? :-)

Karin:
Thanks! Yes, it was tremendous fun! Yes, see you Monday! :-)

Peter said...

Starman:
It still is, but especially used to be! :-)

Rob:
I guess you have understood from the above comments that I really enjoyed!! :-)

ANNA-LYS:
Jag skall besöka dig snarast! :-)

Peter said...

ANNA-LYS bis:
Du är sà välkommen att besöka Paris genome min blog eller genom ett nytt besök! :-)

Designlinger:
Indeed! :-)

GMG:
Must be some very nice offices they have! :-)

Peter said...

Sonia:
The most beautiful? Maybe! :-)

Shammickite:
It seems that this is part of what is said to be his last concert tour, ending with London December 22! Sorry!
This means that I have seen him at his debut (Hamburg, Stork Club 1962) and at one of his last concerts! (In the meantime, my daughter (when whe was 16) met him walking in a street in London, talked to him...! :-)

Alain:
Toutes les rues n'ont pas le droit de figurer dans le Monopoly! C'est déjà un honneur! :-)

Catherine said...

On y trouve, aussi, au fond d'une cour, un grossite en jouets....une maman...

ParisBreakfasts said...

So close and yet I never got there.
I did not have my Peter Bedecker with me...
carolg

Peter said...

Catherine:
... et moi qui a déjà acheté les cadeaux de noël! :-)

ParisBreakfasts:
You just have to ask if you want to be accompanied! :-)

Ruth said...

Lovely. I have a fond connection with Grandma Olive: a Baccarat decanter. Has one chip in the lip, which I would one day like to get repaired before giving it to my son, who loves all liquids that need decanting. :)

Peter said...

Ruth:
I'm sure he will appreciate then! :-)

Jeanie said...

So glad you posted photos of this area -- I recently read a book "Murder in the Rue du Paradis" (by Cara Black). Since this was an area I didn't visit, it helped give me a better visual for the area represented!

maja said...

on the "Rue De Paradis" i found the house where there was a move made it was called "Abducted"

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