I visited Paris several times before spending any time exploring or staying in the 6th, on the “Left Bank” <<Rive Gauche>>. During a long stay in ’99 I found myself delightfully installed in the 6th on Rue d’Assas. I’ve discovered that many Paris visitors from the US adore the 6th and 7th neighborhoods. I too was especially content staying in those neighborhoods. Here are some of my recollections/reasons why I enjoyed this particular neighborhood so much.
- Tourist friendly without being overrun by tourists (yet)
- Less expensive lodging and dining
- More open and accessible spaces
- American literary connection (Stein, Hemingway, Fitzgerald)
My lodging was truly just around the corner from Gertrude Stein’s home at 27 Rue de Fleurus where she lived with her brother Leo and then with Alice B Toklas.
Rue de Fleurus is a smallish one-way street. The bus website (ratp.fr) suggested using bus line 58 to get to this destination. That will work pretty well if you’re starting from below Montparnasse toward La Seine. I sliced the 58 map and include it here. Which bus you take and in what direction depends on where you start. I can work out these pesky details for you. << Je suis à votre service.>> Contact me!
p.s. Perhaps someday they’ll put a plaque at 81 Rue de l’Université to mark the Paris apartment of Julia and Paul Child.