Rue de Barres, 4th Arrondissement

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I love finding hidden streets when I travel; streets that are off the beaten path and not congested with tourists pushing each other in hopes to get the “perfect photo.” Thankfully I found this one.

(I also decided that if I ever lived in Paris, THIS would be the district I’d find my humble abode in.)

A casual stroll through the historic cobblestone street of Rue de Barres in the Marais district, located in the 4th arrondissement, passes by the Church of Saint Gervais. This street is located near the Notre Dame cathedral, and is reminiscent of the medieval period.

You get an overwhelming sense of history when walking through the 4th arrondissement, and the Rue de Barres is no exception. Can you imagine having a fresh baguette from a local boulangerie with a selection of cheese from the nearby fromagerie on a balcony overlooking this scenery?!

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Rue de Barres

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You're probably wondering what the heck is a "Roaming Bean"... Given that I am clearly not a Bean, and my name is Jen, what gives with this Bean thing, right? A friend of mine called me JenBean as a child, and it kinda stuck. Actually, it really stuck... even my license plate says Jenbean. And seeing as I have this grand lust to wander the world, The Roaming Bean seemed suitable. I've changed my career path more times than I have my underwear (minus all the times I've gone commando).... from animating, to forensic pathology, to international business, to fashion marketing and even to my wonderful and favorite of the bunch, degree in culinary arts, nothing kept my attention. Nothing was fun enough to do every day for the rest of my life. I mean, even though I cooked for celebrities in the heart of Hollywood, CA, why the hell would I want to sweat my ass off in a ridiculously HOT kitchen for most of the day and go home smelling like beef and onions? And the chef hat?? Do you know what that did to my hair?? Enter traveling.... The rainy day I descended down the tower of Notre Dame in Paris, gripping on to the railing for dear life so not to slip and tumble to an early death from the torrential down pour that was causing a small flood in the stairwell, my life changed. When I safely made it to the ground, legs shaky from an apparent lack of fitness it requires to walk up and down 387 steep stairs, I realized my hands were stained a delightful copper color from the rusted hand rail I had so dearly clung to. Desperate to get the icky stuff off my supple hands, and no running water in sight, I did what any other hopeless idiot would have done: I washed my hands in the nearest Parisian gutter. It was that moment that changed my life... I threw away my hair dryer, my rolling luggage and my dignity. I let my hair go natural, I bought a back pack and I CAMPED through Europe for a month and a half. Yes my friends, I crossed over into a savage traveling beast. Ok, a lot of people travel that way. But I didn't. And I'm so incredibly thankful for that rainy day in Paris that made me realize the world is a pretty sweet place. That realization led me on a quest; a quest to get out there, see things, soak up some local culture and eat my way around the world (with minimal food-related illnesses, such as but not limited to raging diarrhea).

1 Comment on Rue de Barres, 4th Arrondissement

  1. Beautiful street! To answer your question in the last paragraph – yes!! I could totally see myself in Paris, not just for a few days… 🙂

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