Walking in the 12th district : Villa Bel-Air, sentier des Merisiers and passage de la Voûte

Last Sunday at around 5 pm I told myself “what about walking in the neighborhood? “. I found inspiration on the blog “carnet des petites choses” which suggests an unusual walk in the 12th district. Here I am , strolling in the streets of the Eastern Paris…

Rue Ernest Lacoste (Ernest Lacoste street)

Close to Porte Dorée, the street astonishes with its facades of mansions. It dates from 1914 and its name comes from an ancient local owner.




Rue Victor Chevreuil (Victor Chevreuil Street)

This narrow street amazes with its colorful and quiet facades. It was only disturbed by the catchy songs coming out of the windows of the Evangelical Church.

This street dates from 1887 and also draws its name from a land owner.



Avenue de Saint-Mandé (Saint-Mandé Avenue)

This bourgeois avenue is lined for part of Haussmann buildings. This is where once stood the barrier of Saint-Mandé, built from 1786 to 1788. This is one of the 52 entrances to the Thiers wall and one of the 23 which were called barriers.





Sentier des Merisiers

This path is supposed to be one of the closest Paris with a width of 87 centimeters. It was opened in 1857 while it was on the territory of the municipality of Saint-Mandé, before it was annexed to Paris in 1860.

Long of a hundred meters, it offers an unusual trip in a little-known corner of the capital. You will discover with amazement the facade of a half-timbered house or the yard of a residential house where a black cat is lounging.







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Villa Bel-Air

This street of the 12th district used to be call rue projetée (projected street) in the 1850’s before the annexation of this part of Saint-Mande by Paris.

At that time single young men could rent apartments in the Villa Bel-Air and girls stayed in the “Institut des demoiselles ».

This street is lined with houses on one side only, the other being occupied by the Little Belt (Petite Ceinture), which is an old railroad track that ran around Paris.

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Rue de la Voûte (Voûte Street)




This routecarries its present name since 1873. It crosses the Cours de Vincennes under an archway … hence its name!

From either side, we discover unusual ways:

The impasse Canart and impasse Vassou (Canart and Vassou dead-ends)



Le passage de la Voûte 

The red sculpture “The Cat” was conducted in 2013 by the boiler students from the professional school Chennevière Malézieux. It was installed during the renovation of this passage, which can now access the tramway thanks to a double staircase.

It was in a hotel in this passage that Charles Trenet would have stayed on his arrival in Paris, and who have inspired his song « l’hôtel borgne ».


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1 Comments on this post

  1. Que de bons souvenirs rue Victor Chevreuil !
    Quand j’allais le dimanche déjeuner chez une cousine de mon père.
    Au n° 8.

    Bénédicte / Reply

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