Rue Cremieux, a village street in the heart of Paris
Rue Cremieux could be a village street, except that it is nestled right in the heart of Paris.
It is not only a pedestrian street, but it is also one of the few cobbled streets in the city (no tarmac here!)
However, what surprises you the most as you stroll along, are the 35 identical English-style terraced cottages that border it.
But the difference with traditional English cottages is that these 2-storey houses are painted in radiant colours that make up for the (occasional!) grey Parisian sky.
They are indeed painted pink, blue, green or purple, in the manner of the holiday cottages in a seaside resort in southern France, Spain or Portugal.
Some are even decorated with murals.
You’ll find a cat that leaps between two windows at no28, the climbing wisteria at no21, the flying bird at no23 and the giant lizard at no18.
One of the houses even bears the mark of the historic flood of 1910!
Rue Cremieux is pedestrian; the pavements are therefore redundant!
They have become mini gardens and host a multitude of pots planted with flowers, plants, shrubs and even trees.
You wonder why all these colors?
There is no historical reason for it, it is simply the residents’ initiative.
They indeed wanted to transform their Parisian street into an oasis of tranquility.
One of the reasons is that Rue Cremieux is close to the Gare de Lyon, right in the heart of the busy and popular 12th district.
A fictional escape to the country!
A quick history of Rue Cremieux:
It was initially baptized Avenue Millaud when it was opened in 1885.
Moïse Polydore Millaud (1813-1871) was the founder of Le Petit Journal, a very successful republican and conservative Parisian newspaper.
The Avenue Millaud was renamed Rue Cremieux in 1897 in order to pay tribute to the lawyer, journalist and writer Gaston Cremieux, who was a great defender of the working class.
He was shot in 1871 because of his participation to the riots of the Commune of 1870.
Directions: 12th District
Metro: Quai de la Râpée on Line 5 or Gare de Lyon on Line 1
Coordinates: Lat 48.846917 – Long 2.370943