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2Today was the Ganesh Festival in Paris’s 10th and 18th arrondissements. The Ganesh Festival has been an annual event in Paris since 1996, organized by the neighborhood’s temple, Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam.

Ganesha  is widely worshipped as the God of wisdom and good fortune in the Hindu religion. You’ve probably often seemed him sitting in a cross-legged position, and have perhaps recognized him from his elephant head. And today, Ganesh Chaturthi, was the day to celebrate his birthday.

I haven’t yet had the opportunity to travel to beautiful  India, but I sure am a big fan of their delicious cuisine. The place where I tend dig in is at my usual spot, Chettinadu, which was the perfect location to also watch the parade pass by today. It was crowded and there were multicolored saris and smashed coconuts were  everywhere, lassis in to go cups. Walking up from below Gare du Nord, I could hear the music get louder and the streets became more full of people dancing and eating and celebrating.

After watching the parade pass, with Anne and Puxan we hopped over the rue Cail to indulge in Chettinadu’s cuisine with the locals  for the special occasion. Tables were set up in the streets, and brightly colored flower strands placed left and right, music blasting and heards of people slowly following the Parade.

This afternoon it felt like we were in a Bollywood movie.

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Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 7In Paris, the metro lines offer routes across the city, as we all know. Sometimes I like to think about all of my favorite things that are across one line, and how they could be visited throughout the course of one afternoon.

This post is dedicated to a few of my favorite things across line 2.

Paris’s line 2 stretches from westward past the Charles de Gaulle Etoile all the way to Nation, in Eastern Paris. Along this route across Paris’s north end, you’ll pass residential areas, Montmartre’s starting point, the red light district, views of Paris’s railroads heading northwards to Belgium and Germany, and of course a few pretty damn awesome neighborhoods that are full of culture.

Along with my trusted Paris trotter, Anne, we started our journey with a refreshing drink at Le Bal Café, located right by Place de Clichy.

Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 2 Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 3 Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 4 Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 5 Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 6 Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 8Our final destination we already had in mind, so we decided to make a pitstop along the way, because well…. pourquoi pas. We were passing Chettinadu’s metro stop, and couldn’t resist popping by for a samosa or two and a Lion lager.

Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 1After filling up on Paris’s best samosas, we hopped back on line 2 to head to one of Paris’s beer havens, La Fine Mousse, to meet fellow beer lovers Ana Clara and Yann-Yves.

Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 9 Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 10 Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 11It’s funny how many different things you can do just crossing one metro line. Paris’s offers are endless.


Le Bal Café
6 impasse de la Défense, 75018
Tél: 01 44 70 75 51
Métro: Place de Clichy

15 rue Cail, 75010
Tél: 01 40 34 49 17
Métro: La Chapelle (2) / Gare du Nord (4,5)

La Fine Mousse
6 ave Jean Aicard, 75011
Tél: 09 80 45 94 64
Métro: Ménilmontant (2) / Rue Saint Maur (3)

Rue Orsel is one gosh darn charming street in Montmartre. Right below la butte, it is the home of various adorable shops, cafés and beautifully colored doors.
L’Atelier Scandinave, Ty Miam Goz and Milk are some of my favorite spots on the street.

You can find fantastic goods from the Brittany region of France at Ty Miam Goz and oodles of wonderful Swedish treasures at L’Atelier Scandinave. Milk is adorable with a delicious brunch. Quite the packed street, eh? It’s dangerous!

I love strolling around this neighborhood to check out the new treasures.

Have you taken a walk down this street?

De tous les quartiers dans lesquels j’ai vécu ces dernières années à Paris, Montmartre est mon préféré.

Comme le petit village de la butte qu’il est, l’atmosphère autour avait quelque chose de plus à m’offrir… même si je n’arrive pas à la préciser. Chaque fois que j’y suis je me dis qu’est=ce qu’il est génial comme quartier.

Est-ce que tu as un quartier qui te fais cet effet?