The Bièvre, second river of Paris, before being totally recovered in Paris in 1912, was very well reputed for its freshness and quality of its waters , and was closer to a stormy torrent than to a peaceful and quiet river. This freshness disappeared since the installation of artisans on its banks, soiling it with waste and filth : the pretty river became a kind of open sewer.
Coming out of the Seine river at the actual Austerlitz train station, its meanders used to criss-cross eastern and southern latin quarter : the Plants Garden, Saint-Médard’s burg, and Saint-Marcel’s faubourg, with the Gobelins Manufactory.
Our stroll will make us meet the Ancient Paris with the oldest monument of Paris (the Arènes de Lutèce), souvenirs of Philippe-Auguste surrounding wall, the charm of alleys at the bottom of the mount Saint-Genevieve, the picturesque rue Mouffetard, and a lovely church, that would become famous because a strange event that marked the history of the neighborhood : the Convulsionnaires of Saint-Médard…
Photo credits : Emilie Robaldo