If I were a big-time blogger with a global influence, I don’t think I would tell you about La Campagne à Paris. If it became more popular, it would be spoiled.
But I’m rather lucky because only a select group of exclusively nice people (right?) read my blog.
So I think it’s safe.
I think I read about La Campagne à Paris on Paris Zigzag, a fantastic site for discovering little-known places in Paris (in French). It’s a tiny neighborhood in the 20th, just minutes from the Porte de Bagnolet metro stop (line 3, take exit 2).
It’s a tiny little haven of cobblestone streets and storybook houses with pretty gates and flowers in front. It was nearly deserted – I encountered a few residents, a couple wanderers like me, and a cat.
I don’t have the right camera to do it justice, but to give you an idea…
You walk up the stairs (there are a few entry points that lead to Rue Irénée-Blanc or Rue Jules-Siegfried) and you find yourself in another world.
Can you believe this is Paris?
I hope it’s okay that I took photos. Part of me felt like I was invading the personal space of the residents, and maybe it wasn’t cool to take pictures of their homes. But the other part of me felt like it was too pretty not to.
I asked the cat for permission. He said it was okay.
So if you find yourself near Porte de Bagnolet, head up the stairs to La Campagne, but shhh – don’t give away the secret.
(And say hi to that nice cat for me.)
La Campagne à Paris: Rue Irénée-Blanc & Rue Jules-Siegfried, 20th arrondissement
Metro: Porte de Bagnolet, line 3 (exit 2)