Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Parc Montsouris and Rue Mouffetard Neighborhoods

Today we saw another very charming Paris neighborhood, this one near Parc Montsouris in the southern part of the city.  Every time I see one of these neighborhoods I change my mind about where I would live if I could afford to live anywhere in Paris.

Next on the list was Cité Fleurie, a development of about 30 studios and living quarters for artists.  Some very famous artists have lived and worked here, including Gauguin and Modigliani.

From Cité Fleurie, we went to Rue Mouffetard, a very popular market street.  One of the fromageries is in a beautiful building.

St-Medard is the church for the Rue Mouffetard neighborhood.  In 1727 a Jansenist deacon with a saintly reputation died and was buried in the St-Medard cemetery.  This attracted sick Jansenists to flock to the area with claims of miraculous cures and led to scenes of massive hysteria.  In 1732 Louis XV decreed an end to the demonstrations and a sign was installed which said:  " By order of the King, let God perform no miracles in this place."

Today's cheeses:  Beaufort d'Alpage, Cantal Entre-Deux, and Roquefort Coulet, 14 months

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