We love the Marais neighborhood for its trendy shops, bohemian feeling and nicely preserved 17th-century architecture. These streets where made for strolling! It´s full of independent galleries and quirky shops of all kinds and it´s also the centre of gay life in Paris.
Visit Place des Vosges, one of the most beautiful squares – a perfect harmony and beauty where Victor Hugo lived from 1832 to 1848 . His house is now a museum. There are also some charming hotels that you might never want to leave!
La Maison Rouge
This red-themed loft is a showcase for new art – independent curators are invited to organize exhibits four to six times a year. Rest your feet at the museum cafe.
10 Boulevard de la Bastille – www.lamaisonrouge.org
Museum Européene de la Photoraphie
This museum dedicated to photography lies in the heart of the Marais in a peaceful 18th- century “hôtel particulier”, which is typical of the neighborhood. You will find retrospectives by Larry Clark and Martine Barrate, along with work by emerging photographers.
5-7 rue de Fourcy – www.mep-fr.org
Promenade Plantée (ou Coulée verte)
4 km walk from Bastille to Vincennes – Starting at Metro Bastille
Take walk a few meter above the ground on these former railway track atop Viaduc des Arts. It was replaced by a promenade filled with cherry trees, maples, roses, shrubs and rosemary in the 1980´s. It´s like a luxurious balcony in the city, both secluded from the street and opened to the sky, the facades, the treetops.
Maison de Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo lived here from 1832 to 1848. The authors life story is told through collections of drawings, paintings, and documents. The restored dining room includes chinese furniture Victor Hugo chose for Juliette Drouet’s house in Guernesey.
6, place des Vosges
Musée National Picasso
The Museum has a collection of several thousand works of Pablo Picasso but many of his most famous paintings hang in other state – owned Paris museums. There is a summer cafe in the small covered garden which is filled with sculptures that displays pieces from Picassos studio.
Hotel Salé, 5 rue de Thorigny – www.musee-picasso.fr
Place des Vosges
Is is the oldest planned square and a beautiful place surrounded by 35 buildings with red brick and white stone facades, steep slate roofs and dorm windows, all constructed over arcades.