Eiffel Tower ✔︎ Louvre ✔︎ Buttes aux Cailles Notre-Dame ✔︎ Musée d’Orsay ✔︎ Butte aux Cailles Jardin du Luxembourg ✔︎ Butte aux Cailles.
The Butte aux Cailles will not be on most tourists’ check lists. I would be surprised if a Frommer’s Travel Guide or a Rick Steves Paris assigned it any stars as a “must see sight.” One will visit Paris several times before thinking of the small hill off the Place d’Italie in the 13th arrondissement.
I like the neighborhood because I am sometimes looking for peaceful streets in a large, busy city; I want to eat a good, reliable meal; and I am always surprised by the wall art I find there.
Arriving at the Place d’Italie, a large bustling space, cars and busses are seen racing along thestreets and through the intersection. It is a major metro stop so many people are coming and going on the streets as well.
But walking up rue Babillot from the Place to the intersection with rue de la Butte-aux-Cailles and veering onto the street, one finds a quiet village atmosphere where the buildings are often only two and three stories high. This street and rue des Cinq Diamants slice up the Butte from which many smaller streets branch out.
As I mentioned I like looking for the wall art.
Finding something to admire on the Butte is easy. The temptation is to stay on the two main streets, which I mentioned earlier, but do wander onto some of the smaller, very quiet side streets and you will be pleasantly surprised.
During my most recent visit, this piece was my favorite. The artist is clever. I stood for the photograph so that center of the work would be covered by the lamp post, but the artist had painted a lamp post on the wall. He or she placed the street lamp in the painting and had most likely anticipated photographs being taken. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
In addition the left side is upside down next to the right side. Even the bird and the artist’s signature in the corner was painted upside down.
But wait, there’s more!