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Paris: the Marais district

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Paris is charming in every season and at every age. 
The first time I visited it I was with my parents and I was 9 years old. Since then  I have always longed to go back.
Most of all I remember with pleasure the  walks in the Marais district, a little surprise at every visit.
To clarify, Marais district is the one behind the Place de la Bastille, the famous square where once stood the Bastille prison, icon of the French Revolution of 1789.
The nearest metro station to reach Marais is Saint-Paul on Line 1 (yellow).
King Hall

This area is among the most visited in Paris for its world famous attractions such as the Jewish District, which has a special charm and Place des Vosges which, I admit, is my preferred square in Paris.

During our last visit to the city, we tried to avoid as much as possible the classical visits to monuments or the style guided tours, and we went for a walk in the side streets and in the most curious and original courtyards instead.
Arcades – Place des Vosges

The first step, however, was the Place des Vosges, that I could not avoid; entering the King Hall you get the impression of really divingin into another era and even in another city.

It almost seems that traffic and chaos of  Rue St. Antoine are further away from the actual 100 meters.
And if the day is sunny you can enjoy the shade of the avenues or under the arcades that line the square.
Over there you can find some great studios, galleries and antique shops.
Under the trees – Place des Vosges

Leaving the square we suggest you to exit through the passage at the Hotel de Sully gardens, at number 7.

This old building houses the Caisse National des Monuments Historiques et des sites, responsible entity  for the classification of french historic sites.
Hotel de Sully’s garden

A special corner of this district that has caught our attention and led us to the discovery of a beautiful inner courtyard is behind the Place du Marché Ste Catherine. 

On this square once stood  an Augustinian Monastery of XIII century and today is used for a colorful and scented market of fruit, flowers and vegetables.
Entering the no. 6 Rue de Jarente you will discover a charming nook, an inner courtyard surrounded by buildings mostly occupied by private households, but that house on the ground floor shops and ateliers of antique dealers and artists: a real gem in this corner of Paris.
A charming little garden

The walk through the Jewish district is the highlight of this little excursion in the most à la page area of the city. 

Rue de Rosier is the heart of the city where you can still find shops, bookshops and bistros that offer culinary Jewish delicacy and one of the most beautiful Paris synagogues built in art nouveau in the early 1900s.
Shops in the Jewish district

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