La Plus Belle Fille du 5eme – Prettiest Girl in the 5th


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Photo by Chris Card Fuller © 2008

Parislogue’s Parisgirl continues her search for the most beautiful Parisians in response to Amsterdamlogue’s challenge.

Clearly, Parisians are not only beautiful but charming as well. Laura is a Parisian who lives in the Left Bank’s 5th arrondissement – you may recognize this as the student district and the famous Latin Quarter which was once inhabited by such luminaries as Abelard and his beloved Heloise – who both ended up their lives in monasteries and convents for the sole error of having fallen madly in love with one another.

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Laura was kind enough to allow me to take her photo as she waited for a Metro. As a fellow expat resident, Mark, mentioned, you’ll find Paris’s most beautiful people in the Metro. (All those steps make for a good workout – one of the reasons Parisians remain so trim).

If you plan on visiting the student quarter, you’ll find plenty of inexpensive Greek, French, and Cous-cous restaurants in the twisting, turning streets branching off from Boulevard St. Michel. The fountains at Boulevard St. Michel were the epicenter of the 1968 student demonstrations. St. Andre-des-Arts, encircled with cafes is in the thick of the Latin Quarter. A stone’s throw from here stands the venerable Sorbonne – University of Paris and the Musee du Moyen Age (free admission until June 30th) where you can see some of the original statuary from Notre Dame Cathedral as well as the famed unicorn tapestries.

And if you are extremely polite, you may meet the most charming Parisians in some of the 5eme arrondissement’s student cafes.


7 thoughts on “La Plus Belle Fille du 5eme – Prettiest Girl in the 5th

  • Roger

    Oo la la!!!!

    You are off to a great start in this challenge. I’ll have my work cut out for me when I get to Amsterdam next.

  • ccard

    researchgirl wonders about the famed unicorn tapestries — how many of them are there?
    isn’t one or more of them at the Cloisters in NYC?

  • Parisgirl

    Don’t think it should be too hard – as you said Amsterdam has its share of ‘beautiful people – so does Kiev and Odessa. Beauty is easier to find when you slow down long enough to really look. That’s what I’ve noticed in the last few days at least. It’s all around us – but we can’t see it. Crazy, isn’t it?

  • Mary

    She is g o r g e o u s ! Good choice, Chris!

    And merci, Laura, for being part of the Paris/Amsterdam logues’ “beautiful women” posts.

  • Parisgirl Post author

    Yes, merci encore une fois Laura for being part of
    Paris/Amsterdam logues’ ‘beautiful women . . . and gorgeous men’

  • Parisgirl Post author

    Hey, Research Girl, you broke through the spam barrier! Congratulations. In answer to your question, seven unicorn tapestries made up the collection at the Cloisters (which you probably saw when you visited there before the renovations. I think only two are on display now – the Unicorn in Captivity and the Unicorn Crossing the Stream (according to the site).
    The other part of the Unicorn story is the story of the temptation of the senses – and this part naturally is to be found in Paris – you can see the Musee du Moyen Age site of the six tapestries in this series:
    http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/pages/page_id18368_u1l2.htm

  • Parisgirl Post author

    P.S. RE: The Lady and the Unicorn is the name of the series. The five senses are depicted and the sixth tapestry ‘My Only Desire’ shows the lady giving up her jewelry. Some interpreters think of the ‘sound’ and ‘vision’ senses as being spiritual and the ‘smell’ ‘taste’ and ‘touch’ as being material. And as a complete series being the perfect melding of the two stratas. In any case, it probably made for a really cool wedding present.

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