(Paris UT+2)

Paris chic

This elegant district grew from two small villages – Passy and Auteuil. Fine houses line the quiet avenues, concerts are regularly given by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, horse riders trot along the sandy pathways, the hamlets are shrouded in foliage, and birds chirp above the tennis courts.

In the past, people came here to enjoy the thermal springs and pleasures of the countryside away from Paris. Boileau, La Fontaine, Molière, Racine and Ninon de Lenclos were regular visitors to the Auberge du Mouton Blanc, rue d’Auteuil. Formerly the parade ground for carriages and fine clothes, people now come to the “Bois” on Sunday to enjoy the open air jog, or row on the lake. Several mansion houses were built here, along with some rather crazy-looking villas.

Today, the district makes for surprising architectural tours. Looking for Guimard, one comes across the Studio Building de Sauvage, rue d’Agar, and the sandstone building of the Perret brothers, rue Franklin. Visiting Le Corbusier, square du Docteur-Blanche, one discovers the nearby light and cubic Cité Mallet-Stevens, built in the 1920s … Chic, simple, and peaceful.