The old village of Charonne lies off the beaten track. In 1860 it became part of Paris.
The center of Charonne is the church of St Germain de Charonne dating back to 1460, which was built on a church founded in the 12th century then rebuilt in the 13th. Bits have been added over the centuries.
Part of what's below comes from the 18th century hodgepodged over previous eras.
St Germain de Charonne's cemetary is the last one in Paris still attached to a church. It sits atop a hill behind the Charonne reservoir and you reach it by a staircase as steep as those in Montmartre.
The wall plaque commemorates where people were shot during the uprising in the Commune.
The guardian and the Priest of the Church live here.
The old Charonne train station, long out of use, has become a theatre and club.
If you descend from the Church you enter what still feels like the old village of Charonne in the 20th arrondissement. Follow cobbled rue St Blaise and a few shops remain.
Then you reach Place des Grés and it's as if time stopped somewhere in the 19th century.