(c) June 2007 Oliver Bonten
Belleville is a hilly quarter in the eastern parts of Paris which used to be a worker's area. The local park offers some nice views over the city (including the Eiffel tower, which is not easily visible from the more famous lookout Montmartre).
Due to the view, I would have expected Belleville (or at least the houses around the parc) to be a high-price area, but according to the books and the looks it isn't.
Modern Belleville is home to many immigrants and is a very colourful multicultural area. You can see the David's star of a boucherie casher next door to the crescent of a boucherie halal, and maybe opposite is a Chinese butcher selling fat-dripping pork chops.
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