The Marais, Paris

17 March 2011

I’m writing a chapter set in the Marais district of Paris and it’s making me feel really nostalgic and keen to go back there for a good long mooch around at some point soon. Luckily I have some photographs to remind me of happy times that I’ve already spent there…

The Place des Vosges. At the time of my book, this was called the Place Royale. Napoléon changed the name later on to thank the Vosges Department of France for being the first to pay their taxes, which is a little passive aggressive.

An open doorway in one of the cloisters that run around the length of the Place des Vosges. Where does it go?

It leads to the Hôtel Sully, a beautiful hôtel particulaire that was built during the reign of Louis XIII.

An impressive gateway on the Rue Frères Bourgeois, a busy winding narrow street, lined on both sides with lovely shops and old houses.

It leads to the Hôtel de Soubise, which was built by one of Louis XIV’s mistresses, the Princesse de Soubise and later owned by the Princesse de Guémenée. It now houses the National Archives of France.

The interior of the Hôtel Soubise is stunning.

A sunny morning in the Musée Carnavalet, formerly the Hôtel de Sévigné, home to Madame de Sévigné.

A lady peeping over a screen in the Musée Carnavalet.

A painting in the Carnavalet of the Fontaine des Innocents in Les Halles.

The fountain as it is now.

Oh, I really want to go back right now!



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