We’ve been strolling a lot recently both left and right so it’s time to go back to our first love : Parisian strolls. So today I’m letting you in my secret garden in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, on boulevard Arago.
No you’re not dreaming! Here you can find more or less 30 workshops built in 1878 and made of the Universal Exhibition remains. Famous artists like Rodin, Paul Gauguin and Amedeo Modigliani lived there.
There is a plaque commemorating this place because between 1934 and 1939 the « Deutsche Freiheitsbibliothek » (the freedom German library) founded by anti-Hitlerian German writers with the help of French writers which featured forbidden books by Nazi Germany was housed here. More than 11 000 volumes were gathered thanks to the contribution of refugees from all round the world.
In the 70’s, this place was threatened by property development but thanks to the mobilization of its inhabitants and to public opinion, la Cité Fleurie was saved after 5 years of fight. It’s today a protected location with private residences mostly for artists.
What amazes me the most about this place is that in the middle of all these plants, trees, bamboos and wild grass there is seemingly abandoned old furniture, bicycles scattered here and there, friendly cats and dogs, old carved stones… A peaceful heaven where nature has taken back its rights!