Sheep in the Middle of Paris 1


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.

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  • Ann

    The same happened to me today as I was strolling along on my way to visit Les Invalides. It made me smile and appreciate how unconventional this wonderful city can be. But after all, it is the birthplace of surrealism!