Posts Tagged ‘Monique Y. Wells’

Another Jewish Paris

Talk of Jewish Paris inevitably conjures up visions of the Marais, a trendy area located in the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements of the city. The Guimard Synagogue on the rue Pavée (open to the public on special occasions), the increasingly posh rue des Rosiers and pastries from Sacha Finkelsztajn are among the must-do’s for visitors to the quartier. But few realize that there is another Jewish enclave, in the city’s 9th Arrondissement, that merits a visit just as much as its famous Marais counterpart.

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Africa in Paris: The ‘Drop of Gold’

A recent swing through the Goutte d’Or (literally, Drop of Gold) quarter of the 18th Arrondissement of Paris yielded several surprises for me. The quarter is undergoing quite a face-lift, with many old buildings marked for demolition to make way for social and student housing. Several newer buildings are already occupied by residents and businesses. I saw two communal vegetable gardens in spaces where old buildings once stood.

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