A Walk in the Marais

On our last afternoon in Paris, we finally went for a walk in our neighborhood, the Marais.

Up the block from our apartment is an old city wall of Paris. A tall tower stands next to the street, and a shorter tower faces the playground, behind the black sign on the fence. Before leaving on a crusade, the French King Philip II ordered a wall built around Paris for protection from the Norman Plantagenets during his absence, and this is a remnant of that wall.

old city wall
old city wall

From there we walked to the Hotel de Sully, a 17th century mansion with a nice garden in back. Seeing people go through the doorway on the right, we tried it…

garden of Hotel de Sully
garden of Hotel de Sully

And emerged on the Place de Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris. Buildings of the same design surround the 140 m x 140 m square. Two building are taller than the others: the Pavillon du Roi is shown in the photo below; the Pavilion of the Queen stands on the opposite side of the square.

Place de Vosges
Place de Vosges

From here we window shopped along the rue des Francs Bourgeois — trendy stores with lots of young adults about. We walked past our favorite falafel place in the world, L’as du Fallafel, but we resisted. We already had their falafels, and we had food back at the apartment to finish before leaving for Strasbourg in the morning.

L'As du Fallafel
L’As du Fallafel

Here’s that last dinner in Paris: cassoulet, salade composée (laitue, beets, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese), roast chicken, baguette, broccoli, extra virgin olive oil, and red wine. We try to eat local foods while following a Mediterranean diet we started a year ago.

dinner with chicken and cassoulet

We visited several museums in Paris that we didn’t write up. The Musée d’Orsay doesn’t permit photos; their impressionist paintings are wonderful. The Musée du Moyen-Âge was scheduled to reopen their unicorn tapestries after a tour in Japan during renovations, but the Paris renovations were late, so we missed the tapestries by a week. 😦 We had seen their unicorn tapestries on an earlier trip and wanted to compare them to those in New York. We’ve been missing the Picasso Museum, which has been closed for years. Some things for our next visit to Paris!


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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