La Mouzaïa is a small Parisian neighbourhood on a hill. Its many little alleys [called ‘villas’] ramble up + down the hill + they’re jammed with petite dwellings that are well worth the visit. I struck up a conversation with an older French woman [you can see her a few shots down on the left; i didn’t want to cheapen our conversation by asking her for a photo at the end]. She was bubbly + kooky + a concert pianist who had moved to the area 15 years ago.
> She said all the houses in la Mouzaïa were sinking + the council + owners had to continuously repair them. She also said that the hill was quarried + all the rock was used to build the houses that were homes for the workers. So underneath the suburb is a big hole + that’s why they have all the shrinking + sinking issues.
The area is so peaceful > we came up out of the metro station + barely saw anyone except that woman + another couple [you can see them below] that were wandering around with their dog, looking at everything. We thought it’d be a real respite > we were in Paris a month after the Nice attack + so there were sirens + armed soldiers everywhere > + it was so eerily quiet but strangely we saw a van packed with soldiers + big guns walking around and door knocking. I guess the attacks left no part of Paris unexplored for potential threats.
> Anyway, enjoy the lanes, the gates, the windows, the greenery + the cats, sweet Buddha the cats! One cat in particular followed me, it was almost like he wanted to be a celebrity + get his photo taken. There were heaps of ‘missing cat’ posters too, meow, sad. It was great to peek thru the gates + look at the idiosyncrasies of the area. A very cool place, check it out > + yay, no tourists.
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