This week I have been staying with Hervé Monod, working in the mornings and sightseeing in the afternoons. For my last day, Hervé lent me one of the two volumes of Paris Secret et Insolite. There are far too many treasures in the book for me to have a hope of seeing them all; so I decided to stick to Hervé’s arondissement, the 17th. This is not as much a tourist trap as many of the others, and the book listed eight secrets scattered around the area. I decided to see them all.
This is what I found.
The pictures are (L/R and T/B):
- Hotel Gaillard, a chateau belonging to the Banque de France since 1904. (It is not clear whether the builder’s board refers to reconstruction of the building or of the Bank’s finances.)
- The outside of Sarah Berhardt‘s house, complete with rats.
- Chateau de Ternes, pierced by Rue Bayen.
- Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Compassion, perched precariously over the Périphérique, and overshadowed by the Hyatt hotel.
- Église Sainte-Odile, with the highest bell tower in Paris.
- Jardins des Hauts-de-Malesherbes, with Édouard François’ Flower Tower.
- A private street, Cité des Fleurs, with a fine collection of historic buildings.
- Another, Cour Saint-Pierre.