Lockdown in Paris: Day 55

Happy Mother’s Day to those celebrating, and welcome to Stroll-with-Me Sunday! Today, I’m taking you to the ancient Village de Charonne, which was annexed by the city in 1860. Watch the video here for the full tour.

Or watch it full screen, here.

Today we’re taking a stroll through the ancient Village de Charonne, which became incorporated into Paris in 1860, and is now part of the 20th arrondissement. The jewel in the crown of this historic district is Saint Germain de Charonne, which dates from the 12th Century, with revisions in the 15th and 18th centuries.

Eglise Saint-Germain de Charonne. ©Lisa Anselmo

At the foot of the church is Rue Saint Blaise. Originally called Grande Rue Saint Germain, it was the main street of this village where many aristocrats had their country getaways. This street still retains is country charm.

Rue Saint-Blaise. ©Lisa Anselmo

This area is built on a series of hills so there are many old stone retaining walls, and you can only access certain streets via stairs.

This little gem is the Pavillon de l’Ermitage, the remains of the Chateau de Bagnolet, which was built around 1600 and destroyed in the late 18th Century after the family sold off the land. Just one of the many wonders of Village de Charonne, one of the last vestiges of the old countryside, right in the heart of Paris.

Pavillon de l’Ermitage. ©Lisa Anselmo

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5 responses to “Lockdown in Paris: Day 55

  1. What is housed in that little gem? It looks like a round building.

    Do you know what St Blaise is the patron saint of ? I bet you Do because you sing .. patron st of the throat !

    On his feast day the priest takes 2 candles and crosses them on your throat and says a blessing !

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Ah yes! I remember getting the blessing of the throat every year as a kid. They don’t seem to do that so much anymore. The Pavillon de l’Hermitage is not a round building. You can see in the video its full shape in the last shot. It’s a museum now. I wonder if you can rent if for events. I couldn’t find any details because it’s closed during lockdown.

  2. I really enjoyed your video today and have put the Village Charonne on my list for a visit whenever I get back to Paris. Merci!

  3. Loved that little tour Lisa… so very charming and chic. Can’t wait to get back and explore that area. Thank you😊


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