Like an obvious choice to the stroll in the Montsouris park, let’s
explore the area around the Buttes Chaumont park, both developed by the same architect during the expansion of Paris in 1860.
Though obvious, it does not fit well with my principle of following Atget’s steps, as I
was not able to find any photo taken by him in this area. This is not very surprising though: far from where he was living in the south of Paris, this area was difficult to reach and he was heavily loaded with his photographic equipment. Atget took few photographs
of the 19th arrondissement There are essentially a few manholes, those little stone buildings designed to watch over the flow of spring water (see the stroll
in Belleville). He headed mainly for the periphery and the Canal de l’Ourcq, reason why I have chosen to end the stroll with the rotunda of La Villette.
The Buttes Chaumont park is vast and would deserve
a walk in itself. However, I rather chose to cross it, coming from the Mouzaïa district where it is quite pleasant to meander in the small alleyways lined with charming houses and gardens. Before reaching the Ourcq canal, I could not miss the Butte Bergeyre
which offers one of the most beautiful views on Montmartre.