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In context : Strolling through the courtyards of Bastille
(From : Cour Damoye). Follow Daval street and go back to the Place de la Bastille by turning right into de la Roquette street. Just before the square, go and see the Passage du Cheval-Blanc, formerly filled with craft workshops : its courtyards are named after the first months of the year. Then get to du Faubourg Saint-Antoine street through the Cité Parchappe, and turn left.
Will you be up to the challenge ?
- One of the cobblestones in the Cour du Bel-Air (tip : look in the first courtyard) is larger than the others. It was, it seems, a gaming table used by the Black Musketeers (in the XVIIth century, the musketeers was a gentlemen military corps whose weapon was a musket and the Black Musketeers were called that way because they had black horses ; they had their barracks in the Cour du Bel-Air). Now let's find that particular cobblestone !
Access the courtyard (actually, 2 successive courtyards) from the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, through a small corridor with exposed beams but no ceiling, and enjoy this private vineyard-bordered paved dead-end at the location of a former hôtel particulier (the Hôtel du Bel-Air). One of may such places in the neighbourhood, it has the same charm and calm as the others.