Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Paris Places ~ 'Walk Across The Rooftops'

POSTED IN:  ~ PlacesArchitecture ~ 19th

A Walk Across The Rooftops

With the eyes, that is. You might be wondering where this is, and well you might. It looks like it could be somewhere like the 'mountain' in the surprising Parc des Buttes Chaumont, doesn't it, with that interesting view of Sacré Coeur on the horizon off to the right? But it isn't.

In fact, I probably still wouldn't know about this place if it hadn't been for a private student I was with saying, hey, did you know that there's a great view of Paris from round the back of my place? And indeed there was.

It's very curious, because the front of her building, at around 7, rue Manin, actually looks onto the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. But the back is another story. Another few stories actually.

If you walk along a bit to number 17 you'll notice a very steep set of stairs going up between the buildings. This leads to a secret little set of streets which twist around and ultimately culminate in this surprising and very enjoyable panorama over the city, including Sacré Coeur and one other Very Famous Building. This picture is from the Paris Photo Quiz blog, and no-one has actually named this 'VFB' yet, so I'll leave you to work  it out for yourselves, but you can see it in this picture if you look. Hard.

Here's the story from Google Maps; this first pic above is the strange set of steps going up up and away between the buildings, and which no-one but locals would generally climb. It's funny how they make their arrow go smack bang into a wall instead of up the stairs, don't you think?

And here's a shot, on the left, also from Google, of where you emerge, in the aforementioned set of cute little streets.

And finally in this pic you can see one of the characterful buildings, and the start of the view (and the railings) over on the left.

In case you're interested, you can read about a spooky experience that happened to me as I was visiting my client, who, you will remember, lives in one of those strange apartment buildings which are fully open on the lower street side... and half buried on the hill side.

And what's more, the lift in her building is like something out of a horror movie from the 50s, and when it doesn't behave you way you would like it to, and starts going down instead of up... well, I'll let you discover the rest - just click on the little picture on the left... if you dare.

This item (the doorway) first appeared on my Paris Photo Quiz blog, where you can test your knowledge of Paris curiosities and maybe win some cool bookmarks. Check it out!

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