Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to introduce you a picturesque alley in Paris. Located in 12th arrondissement near Gare de Lyon, Rue Crémieux is a one block car-free street with colorful three-floor houses.
This short alley became famous for its colorful houses. Every day many people visit this place to take selfies and pictures. It’s quite interesting to see that the alley full of people smiling and pausing in front of their cell phone.
When I went there, I felt like as if I were in Colombia. After living in Colombia for one year, I’ve somewhat missed colorful buildings. In Paris, you can see many classical buildings with an ivory facade and dark grey colored roof. It’s pretty but miss some colorful touch.
Unlike typical buildings in Paris, the houses in the Rue Crémieux are full of pastel or vivid colors. The street does look good but not like in instagram. It looks better in pictures esp. those with after touch. I’m not saying it’s not pretty. Rue crémieux is scenic, but it looks more attractive in SNS.
For two reasons, personally I think it’s not a good idea to come here for the pics if your accommodation is not nearby. First, it’s only one block street. It took me about 30 mins to get there, but only 2 mins to look around and take the photo above. For tourists, every minute is important. Plus, it’s not even walking distance from the center of Paris. According to the Google map, it takes 40 mins from the Louvre museum to Rue Crémieux by foot.
Second, the houses are pretty but it’s a bit far away from our expectation for Paris’ typical buildings. When I showed this picture to my friends, most of them asked me back which town of Colombia is this? Which means, if you don’t mention it was in Paris, not many people would recognize it.
Anyhow, I’ve read many articles on this street before writing this post. Many residents suffer from countless visitors, yoga practitioners (Why some people do yoga in front of other people’s house door?) , dancers, etc. who make the locals difficult to relax at home, esp. on the weekends. Some residents want gates to protect their privacy. It would be sad that we can’t enjoy this pretty view due to some disrespectful behaviors.
Enjoy your travel with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂
Please keep in mind that it’s a residential area.