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VISIT THE QUAINT, SAFE MARAIS & PLACE DES VOSGES

Updated: Jan 31

A PARISIAN STROLL with Miss Valerie’s - Walk in Paris Beauty like a French Parisian


What does a stroll while discovering fascinating places in Paris sound like? Keep reading to find out my best spots to enjoy the beauty of Paris. Sunny days are almost here and I want you to go to: PLACE DES VOSGES (the oldest square of Paris…)


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Here you can enjoy a lovely garden with fountains for you to enjoy a rest and a pause on a bench. Parisians in the summer bring their bikinis and sun towels! Lol You will appreciate the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of this place steeped in history. 

All around the Vosges Square, you can pop in lovely art galleries and take a pause at a lovely cafe so you can feel the Parisian atmosphere around you.

Architectural fact: You will certainly be struck by the symmetry of the Place des Vosges and its pleasingly regular facades, built to a consistent design throughout. The height of the roofs is equal to their width and half of their facade.


A CHARMING STROLL ON THE PLACE DES VOSGES

The Place des Vosges, former royal square built at the behest of Henri IV to celebrate the monarchy, is one of the oldest in Paris and certainly one of the most beautiful. It’s the central point of the Marais district and an ideal location for a stroll. You’ll enjoy wandering beneath its vaulted arcades and along the paths of its central garden while admiring the beautiful red brick facades of the buildings.

La place Royale, appelée aujourd’hui place des Vosges est la plus ancienne place monumentale de Paris. Construite à l’initiative du roi Henri IV à partir de 1605, sur l’emplacement de l’ancien Hôtel Royal des Tournelles.

In the mansions around this square lived royalty and other notables such as the Marquise de Sévigné, Molière, Corneille, Pascal, Descartes and, of course, Victor Hugo. They were places of festivities, romance and high spirits. Some of these hôtels particuliers have since been transformed into world-renowned museums. In addition to the Maison de Victor Hugo, the Musée Picasso Paris and Musée Carnavalet (currently closed for renovations) are nearby.

VISIT THE HOUSE OF FAMOUS FRENCH WRITER AND POET: VICTOR HUGO THAT WROTE “LES MISERABLES”

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During your stay in Paris, je vous recommande l’Hôtel Les Tournelles.

You must not miss the opportunity to discover the Maison de Victor Hugo, a writer’s house museum located in the Place des Vosges, close to the hotel. Enjoy a pleasant stroll in this historic square, one of the most beautiful in Paris.

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Allez au numéro 6 – Go to number 6 of Vosges Square (Place des Vosges). 



Miss Valerie tip: Say you want to only see the house of Monsieur Victor Hugo, and the entrance will be free.

“Nous venons juste pour visiter la maison de Victor Hugo, s’il vous plaît.”

“We came to only visit the house of Victor Hugo, thank you.”

Si vous avez envie de passer par la place des Vosges et vous replonger dans l’univers de Victore Hugo ou il a vécu 16 (seize) années. M Paul Maurice voulait faire de cette place une sorte de Panthéon des des célébrités littéraires du XIX Siecle. 


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Born on February 26, 1802, Victor Hugo is a celebrated French author, best known for his novels Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Misérables. A leading figure of the Romantic Movement, Hugo was also a poet.

Although he obtained a law degree, Hugo was much more interested in writing. Encouraged by his mother to follow his passion, young Victor founded a review, the Conservateur Littéraire, in which he published his work and the work of his friends.

Hugo was only 20 years old when his first volume of poetry Odes et Poésies Diverses, established his reputation as a poet and earned him a royal pension.

After the Revolution of 1848, when Napoleon III came into power, Hugo was banished from his country as he did not share the same political views. He remained in exile for nearly 19 years -– this was the most productive period of his life, in which he wrote some of his best work (including Les Misérables).

Located in the heart of the Marais district (Gay district of Paris), the superb Maison de Victor Hugo is a private house that has been transformed into a monographic museum to immerse the visitor into the intimate world of this most famous French writer, playwright, and poet. Victor Hugo lived here in an apartment on the 2nd floor with his family from 1832 to 1848, the period during which he wrote some of his most emblematic works including a large part of Les Miserables.

The apartment, arranged in several interconnecting rooms, takes you through three major stages of his life; the periods before, during, and after his exile on Guernsey following the coup d’etat of December 2nd, 1851, perpetrated by Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte. The antechamber tells the story of Hugo’s youth and the first years of his marriage to Adèle Foucher. The tour continues from room to room until we reach the one that evokes the return of Hugo to Paris from exile, followed by an exact replica of the writer’s Avenue d’Eylau death chamber. On the first floor, you will find temporary exhibitions, drawings, and an iconography of his literary work. A free museum (except for temporary exhibitions) is full of perfectly preserved memories that can be visited all year long!



DISCOVER THE COGNACQ_JAY MUSEUM: A STEP BACK INTO FRENCH 18TH CENTURY

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Le Musée Cognacq-Jay vous invite à redécouvrir le 18ème siècle.

The museum invites you to rediscover the 18th century. Thus via that period’s works, paintings, and sculptures. 


My favorite quotes by Victor Hugo that will instantly lift you and HERE TRY TO DO THIS HOMEWORK (EXERCICE A FAIRE) : WRITE IN FRENCH WHAT THE QUOTES ARE SAYING

  1. Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

  2. Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

  3. To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.

  4. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

  5. Our mind is enriched by what we receive, our heart by what we give.

Now, you can stroll towards a very interesting Modern Museum…

CHECK OUT THE NEW IMMERSIVE ART MUSEUM THE ATELIER DES LUMIÈRES

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The Atelier des Lumières is one of the newest Paris museums. This digital art centre presents monumental immersive exhibitions.  

Exposition “Monet, Renoir… Chagall. Voyages en Méditerranée” , du 28 février 2020 au 3 janvier 2021

👉 Réservez rapidement vos places pour un nouveau rêve à l’Atelier des Lumières : https://bit.ly/2T6r9nY

Cette nouvelle exposition numérique révèle le lien entre la création artistique et les rives méditerranéennes, bassins majeurs de la modernité. Une immersion dans les chefs-d’oeuvre d’une vingtaine d’artistes : Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Signac, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy, Chagall…


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