0476 Back in the French Suburbs (France 066—new)

Aubervilliers Travel Blog

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You might notice that I jumped straight from September 4th to September 7th--  but that’s definitely not because I was slacking during that time… quite to the contrary… On September 5th I arrived back in London and spent another whole day exploring the city--  and pasted that to my London entry… Then on September 6th I arrived back in Paris and spent a whole nother day exploring that city--  pasting it to my Paris entry (entry 044) …

 

Now is my second day in Paris and I feel I’ve fully explored the city and am ready to try to squeeze in a few more suburbs…

 

Since my hostel is in the north side of Paris and the bus station is on the east side, I figure I’ll just head north and then loop my way around to Bagnolet in the east.

 

I exit Paris at a huge, tangled overpass junction to the suburb of St Denis. But I see that downtown St Denis is a  long ways to the north so I decide to leave it for another time and head straight east.  I soon find myself in an urban no man’s land that can’t quite decide if it’s residential, industrial or just empty, abandoned lots…


Finally I reach Aubervilliers and the the town comes back to life.  I’m in a commercial district, but not your cobblestone streets lined by chic botiques… These are big, boxy Chinese run wholesale shops that sell you shoes practically straight off the truck…

 

Finally I cross a canal and into the heart of Aubervilliers where it takes on a more traditional French character with a mix of sort of run down old building and new ones.  It’s a predominantly immigrant suburb with a little bit of charm in its downtown cafĂ© lined plaza…

 

I continued on east, past a rather bizarre approach to preserving history.  What looks like an old university building actually has a modern steel and glass structure built over the top of it!

 

…And that was Aubervilliers…

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