European Travel to Paris, France... Never Enough Time by

Journal Notes

Let me begin by saying, no matter how often you get the opportunity to visit Paris, France – there is never enough time. My last trip this past June was actually my fourth visit to Paris but unbelievably, I still didn’t get to explore all of the surrounding arrondisements I wanted to. When booking this trip, I had already been to all the “must see” sites i.e., the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph, Musee de Orsay, Champs de Elysee and Notre Dame – been there, done that. No, this trip I wanted to see the “real” Paris, so I opted to base myself out of the lesser known Marais district which straddles the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. I rented a nearby apartment for the week, which would be my best suggestion for getting intimate with any Parisian neighborhood (or resident for that matter). One of the highlights of Le Marais was my visit to Place des Vosges, a beautiful square with surrounding gardens built by Henry the IV no less. In its heyday, during the 1600s, the Place des Vosges was THE most exclusive and prestigious address to have in all of Paris! In fact Victor Hugo is said to have resided at #6 while writing Les Miserables! Today the vibe in the Le Marais is Bohemian-Funky-Chic (think SoHo in NYC, or North Beach in SanFran). While wandering its cobbled streets you will be both lost and drawn in by its wonderfully ancient bookshops, perfumeries, boutiques, soap shops, art galleries, brasseries and bars which remain open late into the night. This is where Parisians head out for a good time, so why shouldn't you? Get off the beaten path and onto Rue de Archives to visit Le Marais!

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