December 18, 2007

Local shopping...

Different areas of Paris are like small villages with their own local life. Christmas decorations are not quite as glamorous as around the large boulevards or the big department stores. This is the main street of Batignolles, the part of the 17th arrondissement, where I live, with the parish church, Sainte-Marie-des-Batignolles at the end of the street.

One of the advantages I have is that I can find all kind of shops, cafés, restaurants, banks, pharmacies…, not to mention the indoor market, just round the corner. What here follows is an illustration of what I find by walking some 150 meters (I let the non-metric bloggers convert to yards) south, west, north or east from my flat. I believe there is something like 70 pictures in the below collages. The dentist and the orthopedist are just two stairs down, my doctor is 75 meters away… You may understand why I don’t need a car any more.

27 comments:

Noushy Syah said...

Different deco makes more appealing and interesting...must be so happenings!

Everything is within walking distance,good exercise Peter and no hustle of parking too!

Annie said...

Living in such close proximity to everything you need - ah, your carbon footprint must be quite small.

Ash said...

How nice and convenient!

Esra :) said...

we live far from city center in Turkey. as annie said living close to everything you need makes the life easier.

Drama Div@ said...

the pictures are too small. i have to squint my eyes :(

Cergie said...

Va tu souvent chez le dentiste ou l'orthopédiste ? Et quel est ton taux de cholestérol ? Pourquoi es tu fourré chez ton médecin ? Tu ne nous dit plus rien. Tes messages sont incomplets à présent.

Tu n'as pas eu le temps si tu as du aller dans toutes ces boutiques, c'est sûr.
(Mon prochain message je mettrai UNE devanture, ainsi on la verra bien car les tiennes elles promettent, elles allèchent, mais on ne les voit pas bien pour le lèche-vitrine)
Bon, nous aussi dans l'agglo de Cergy Pontoise et ds les environs, on a plein de petits villages, le seul problème est que'il faut une bagnole...
Tu as fini tes achats de Noël ? Moi aussi je veux tout savoir)

Cergie said...

Je retourne chez Delphe

Olivier said...

comme dans l'ancien Pif Gadget, tu devrais nous offrir une loupe ;o)
Je dis bravo pour ton courage, de prendre toutes ces boutiques et pour en faire ce montage, tu es courageux...
Je vois que Miss Cergie est terriblement indiscrète, ne te laisse pas faire ;o)

Chuckeroon said...

...a pleasure to see your huge treasure of shop windows! Tks for dropping in again. It certainly is good to be able to wander around the neighbourhood on foot and have it all so close. We are fortunate.

Azer Mantessa said...

merry christmas and happy new year.

lyliane said...

Oh! Peter tu te sens bien entouré de tous ces médecins, dentiste etc... ne me dis pas que tu vieillis!!!
Mais les boutiques c'est sympa et pratique je l'avoue. Tes montages sont de belles mosaïques, très beau, mais tu ne m'as toujours pas dit comment tu faisais, tu veux garder ton secret de fabrication?

Delphinium said...

Avis à la population: pour faire du lèche-vitrine chez Piteuurrr, sortez votre langue et léchez votre écran juste au-dessus des petites vignettes. :-)))))))))))))

oldmanlincoln said...

Lovely photos Peter and the narrative is great too.

I would be at a total loss where to shop if I had this many choices. I grew up with two stores in my life and then one was left. I moved to a city with four stores and only one is left. So my choices have remained pretty much the same.

alice said...

Joli nom, "Les copains d'abord". C'est un restaurant?

April said...

I understand very well that you don't need a car. You save a lot of money then. And you have no problems to find a place to park the car. Your neighbourhood looks very lively and interesting. It must be a good place to live.

SusuPetal said...

An own village just outside the door, that is convenient!

Mona said...

LOL! surely you don't need a car!

& with such beautiful environs, one can walk for miles & miles...

Richard (zurich) said...

Amazing. I find this very encouraging. I've seen many places where the tendency seems to be to replace this sort of village/local amenity with more and more residential building. You are lucky to live in Paris which combines all of this with the possibilities of a large metropolis
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Peter said...

noushy, annie:
In general I walk a lot... these are all so close, so it's very easy walking.

ash:
Thanks!

esra:
I understand you are a friend of Seda? Thanks for your visit. Looked at your blog, but the Turkish language makes it a bit difficult for me.

Peter said...

drama div@:
I know. But you are young! With bigger pictures my post would have been a meter long.

cergie:
Tu me dis toujours que je fais trop long!! ... et maintenant tu poses de questions, parce que pas assez!!

olivier:
Tu vois; je n'ai pas répondu à Cergie!

Peter said...

chuckeroon:
You are so right!

azer:
Thanks ... and the same to you!

lyliane:
On a besoin d'un dentiste même jeune, n'est-ce pas?
La prochaine fois qu'on se voit, je te montre mon secret!

Peter said...

delphinium:
:-)))))))))

oldmanlincoln:
Not even a WallMart?

alice:
Les Copains d'Abord est un coiffeur! Le salon vaut un post (un jour)!

Peter said...

april:
I'm very happy in all repects to have got rid of my car!

suspetal:
Convenient is the word!

mona:
Yes, I like to walk miles and miles (or rather kilometers), but for shopping - not needed.

Peter said...

richard:
Yes, I'm ucky in many respects!

hpy said...

Paris is not a big city. it's several small villages one next to another. And that's part of it's charm.

lyliane said...

Houppyyyyy, Peter va me montrer son secret....jalouses hum....les nanas!!!!!!

Peter said...

lyliane:
:-))))