Paris 6eme – Newly Converted to the Rive Gauche

I am now a fully fledged south of the river convert. The melting away of tourist crowds, open park spaces and cleanliness (to Parisian standards) of the 6th Arrondissement bring about a sense of peace and welcoming. There are just enough cosmetic boutiques, fancy shoe shops and boutiques de bijoux to leave a little space for daydreaming each time I walk down the grand boulevards. The bells of the Saint German de Pres and Saint Sulpice churches resonate against each other, as if in a full blown battle of the chimes, drowning out the sound of cars and passersby. 

Limestone buildings carry pretty balconies, some of which spurt mini forests of greenery and flora. White surfaces morph into faces, mythical creatures and even beautiful women. The Marché du Boulevard Raspail hosts some of the most exquisite organic fruits and vegetables, cheeses, home-made honey and beautifully displayed sweet treats, all of which can satisfy even the keenest of foodies cravings. The Jardin du Luxembourg is an escapist’s dream, for quiet walks, talks and forgetting that the external city vibe continues at time undulating and during others with a bang.

I love the 18eme and I will never quite get enough of the 4eme, but the 6eme stirs both an intellectual spirit and a stillness in which nothing could ever go wrong, which leaves me dreaming of my next floating adventure to Paris…

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