Where you would like to live in Paris? A good question to start with, when we talk about Paris. I guess most people would like to live around the river, in the 3rd to 6th arrondissement where is the old medieval and artistic Paris. During my latest visit in Paris, I stayed in the area of Le Marais which is on the right bank, 4th arrondissement. I felt in love with the area some years ago, when I visited the Picasso museum-a fabulous building.
Unfortunately, this time the building was under renovation, so we filled the gap with multiple visits to Louvre.
They say that the Marais is the safest place in Paris. Medieval, cute streets with a lot of art galleries, small stores and cafés. Renaissance architecture. Le Marais is well known as Gay and Jewish districts and it has village atmosphere. I would to say that it is the equivalent of Notting Hill in London or Soho in Manhattan.
Le Marais is the closest you will get to the feel of medieval Paris. After the revolution, much of the area was abandoned by the rich, and poor bohemian types moved in. You should keep in mind that before Napoleon showed up the Marais is what most of Paris looked like.
The Bastille is the site of the great fortress that saw the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789. The giant column in the center actually commemorates two later revolutions (they got the hang of it) in the mid-1800’s.
The Place des Vosges is considered by many to be the most beautifully built square in Paris. It was built by Henry IV and soon became one of the most exclusive areas to live. Napoleon himself considered it the jewel of Paris. Victor Hugo lived at # 6 while he wrote Les Miserables, but during the 19th century much of the aristocracy had abandoned the neighborhood and the area was taken over by shopkeepers and immigrants, artisans and artists and Jews and later gays. There is a reputation in Britain that gays give value to properties and districts generally! Perhaps, because they look after them.
Cute café with bookcases