Discovering a village within a city is one of those things that feels like you've walked through Alice's looking glass. It's unreal. You feel like you ought to pinch yourself, but you don't want it to go away.
So it is in the rue de Mouskaïa quarter, in the northeast part of Paris. In perfect rows, the tiny pedestrian walkways run in either direction along steep paths. They're lined with pristine, provincial-looking houses -- like you'd find in a small town in Burgundy or along the Rhône River valley.
The delight is in the detail.
There are deeply pigmented colors, none the same. Color-washed walls are offset by nicely tended roses, like the old garden variety above.
These marine blue shutters draw the eye to the lovely old russet drapery inside.
French design, city or country, has a healthy respect for sunny yellows.
Ivy and other greenery abounds up and down these cobblestone rabbit paths.
Each pathway is called a villa, like the Villa Renaissance here. Always amazing to see palm-like growth in the middle of Paris.
Off the cuff, I'd date these residences to the early part of the last century, reaching into the Art Deco years. I noticed several glass awning-type structures over doors, bringing to mind the Art Nouveau entrances at many Paris Métro stations.
Again, marine blue shutters catch the eye, leading you to the Art Deco brickwork.
The craftsmanship of masonry, brickwork and stonework bring out the character of subtle tones like these. The metal pipe fence in the foreground rings with Art Deco lines.
A furtive peek into a back garden makes it hard to believe you aren't in the country.
There's a little mystery, too. Is that a real cutwork linen window shade, or is it a bit of trompe l'oeil trickery?
Are you really in Paris, after all? This bit of swank could just as easily be in the Hollywood Hills. You almost expect the LA coroner to come along, followed by morgue attendants in white coats, to take the body away.
Ok. Safe to pinch yourself now. à bientôt...Tatie
A note: The Camera Bag app gets credit for improving my photography in this post. Various filters bring out richness of color or nuance that I failed to capture. Camera Bag is just one of many great apps that are a lot of fun to play with.