• LOCATION 31 | Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

    Crossing an administrative border

    Crossing an administrative border on Paris audio tour Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

    To your left you’ll meet a giant pine tree, not a typical Parisian species, but it does its best to hide the modern building behind it. I could say it’s because we’ve just left the quaint and historical 14th arrondissement and crossed into the super modern 13th arrondissement, famous for its 1960s and 1970s skyscrapers. But that would really be reinforcing Parisian stereotypes about the 13th arrondissement. Don’t reduce people to stereotypes. Or neighborhoods. I’ll show you why in a minute.

    The next street is very curvy because it follows the flow of the Bièvre, the lost river of Paris I mentioned earlier. That part is the oxbow or stagnant part of the Bièvre (in French, we call it the bras mort or "dead arm"). It was used as a dumping site for the local tanners, chemical factories, and butchers. The "living" arm of the Bièvre had a strong current that could power watermills. Ready to cross the Bièvre? At the end of the block, take the pedestrian crossing to your right to cross rue Auguste Lançon.

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Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages