Leaving the street art inauguration (see previous post), I took a little walk in the area, looking for what I like a lot, the small hidden alleys and courtyards, sometimes behind more or less closed gates.
This area is to a great extent occupied by small workshops and shops dealing with wholesale of textiles, clothes…, as we can see on the top picture. Some old “boulangeries” have fortunately kept their design and decoration, but don’t sell any baguettes or croissants any more. But people also live here; many seem to use bikes for their local transport. (I don’t give any exact addresses here, as visits by strangers are sometimes more or less appreciated.)
There is also a small park, Square Maurice Gardette. Until about 1865 there was a slaughter-house here. You can see one of the few metal statues that survived WWII, when most of them were smelted down to make weapons, bullets…
In one of the streets a modest entrance gate indicates “Missionnaires de la Charité” (Missionaries of Charity), where you find a Paris branch of what was created by Mother Teresa.