I like walking in Paris. If I’m in no rush, I’ll happily take a detour to explore a street I don’t usually take. Sometimes it turns out the street is quiet and dull, sometimes it is lines by beautiful buildings, and occasionally I stumble over a restaurant or bar or little store. I might go in, or otherwise I note it in my offline map, with a little star and a short description, so that I can check it out later.
Every now and then, though, I run into something more surprising.
As I was strolling home from work one evening, sauntering down the scenic but, in the evening, almost empty Avenue de Breteuil, I realised that there were sheep grazing the lawn. Sheep! In the middle of a fancy neighborhood in Paris! I couldn’t believe it. I tried to take a photo but it was too dark and they were too far away. Ten minutes later, as I was passing through the Montparnasse area, I wondered if I had imagined it all.
A few days later, when A was in town, we were enjoying a sunny Saturday and I insisted we make our way to where the sheep had been, just so that I could see them in daylight. And there they were.
A quick google search revealed that the city of Paris not only has some sheep in the middle of Paris – they also installed some sheep around the edge of the city, specifically by porte de la Muette and above Porte Dorée, as an eco-friendly way to keep bushes and shrubs under control.
I love sheep.