There are lifts for passengers at the deepest underground station in Paris – it is thirty meters below ground – but hale and hearty walkers are encouraged to climb the fresco-painted steps before emerging exhausted into the little square to catch their breath on one of the benches. In a glance, one takes in the art nouveau metro entrance by Hector Guimard, the merry-go-round, the cast-iron street lights and the Wallace fountain. In the adjoining Square Jehan-Rictus, kids play at the foot of a wall in enamelled lava, where “I love you” is declared in 311 languages. Photo by: www.monument-paris.com
Opposite, the church Saint-Jean-l’Evangeliste, nicknamed Notre-Dame-des-briques (Our-Lady-of-Bricks) since 1904, mixed Byzantine and art nouveau influences. On both sides of rue des Abbesses, rue Durantin, and rue de la Vieuville, and rue Yvonne-le-Tac… trendy local boutiques rub shoulders with cafe terraces, where it is nice to do nothing more watch the world go buy.
Pl. des Abbesses F – 75018 Paris