Paris, France. June 2018. (16 photos)
This is Part 5 of my France 2018 photo series, and also Part 7 of my Europe 2018 photo series.
After a few days in the Loire Valley visiting châteaux, I returned by train to Paris. I then spent another week in Paris and this time I chose to stay at a bnb in Le Marais. With only a view to the private courtyard garden, the building where I was staying was first constructed in 1609 during the reign of Henry IV as a single house. It was transformed after the Revolution into a small apartment building with walls and other parts of the original building preserved.
For this instalment of my Paris in the Spring photographic series, here are a few photos from my wanderings in, around and near Le Marais. Some familiar sights, and some not so familiar sights perhaps.
Above, La Cordonnerie, the original Boot Cafe in Paris. A shoebox-sized coffee shop inside of a former cobbler’s shop in Le Marais. They make lovely coffee. Only 3 tiny tables inside, and I was lucky to get a table the first morning I went. No such luck the other times I went. An icon of Le Marais.
“Place des Vosges”
The oldest planned Square in Paris. Originally known as the Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612.
“Sometimes it feels like somebody’s watching me”
“It’s a secret”
An incredibly popular eatery, there was always a queue in the evenings. My bnb host said the owners are relatives of French actress and recent Bond girl, Lea Seydoux.
“Archives Nationales – Hôtel de Rohan”
“Place de la République”
“Hôtel de Sully”
The Hôtel de Sully is a Louis XIII style mansion, built at the beginning of the 17th century. It is now the seat of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the French national organization responsible for national heritage sites.
“Attention to detail”
The magnificent beam ceiling inside the bookshop at Hôtel de Sully.
Interesting shop frontage.
Saint-Jacques Tower (Tour Saint-Jacques) is a 52-metre flamboyant Gothic tower which is all that remains of the former 16th-century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie (“Saint James of the butchers”), which was demolished in 1797, during the French Revolution. It stands in the middle of a garden and is now considered a national historic landmark. Access is by guided tour only and involves a climb of 300+ steps for views to Notre Dame, the Parthenon, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre.
“Gargoyles eye view”
“Specialites de pains fantaisie et de chaussons aux pommes fraiches”
My favourite patisserie in Paris. More correctly located in the 10th arrondissement, but only a 10 minute walk from my accomodation.
“Paris, je t’aime”