This week’s Coup de Coeur: the appartment in Saint Germain des Prés
Ah to walk about Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It’s like talking a walk back a couple of centuries, a snapshot of what bohemian, artistic Paris was like then. Sure, it is a little touristy now but every time I go, I feel that it just hasn’t lost its soul. Thanks to it’s Haussmanien architecture, little cafes and bookshops and art galleries that line the main streets; you clearly can see that Paris still has place for the little “commercant” (shop keeper) which is something I love. I like to visit my “boucher” (butcher’s), “boulanger”(bread maker), “poissonier” (fishmonger’s) and “libraire” (bookshop). Although I do not live in Saint-Germain, all the quartiers of Paris have this little village atmosphere and it just adds to the authenticity and sense that, it stayed like it was supposed to be (despite the now large large masses of people that live in and around the city).
Saint Germain is, in fact, part of the 6th arrondissement of Paris, located around the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Home to a number of famous cafes, such as Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, Saint-Germain-des-Prés area was the center of the existentialist movement (associated with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir).
So imagine my excitement when I had to go take some pictures of this flat in a very bourgeois style building! The authentic floorboards and glass pained wooden doors are still intact and the whole vibe is so cosy. I could picture writer and humanist Boris Vian writing by the large window, Paris light poring onto his work as if pushing him on to finish his work.
Really hope you like as much as I did, all the pics and more details are on Book-a-Flat’s link here