I don’t know what is wrong with me, but I did not capture this walk very well in photographs. We did not spend much time at each place, and some of the sights were not as impressive as I was hoping. This post is more of a travelogue rather than a recommended walk. I will be staying in the Marais, so I will post an ideal Marais walk later. Here is what I saw this time around.
Ancien Cloitre Quartier (not exactly in the Marais)
Neighboring Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite are the medieval streets. It is really just a little neighborhood and not an area with designated places to see. You can find the former home of philosopher and writer, Abelard and Heloise next to the Seine.
Hotel de Ville
Besides having an impressive facade, they also offer a free exhibition. The theme for this exhibition was Haute Couture. Search for the Hotel de Ville exhibition online if you want to know what exhibition will be available during your stay.
Memorial de la Shoah
The Marais is the neighborhood home to many Jews; both past and present. This makes it the perfect location for the Jewish Memorial. 76,000 Jews were deported from France from 1942-1944, and this memorial/museum helps to remind about the past, but also move to a positive future. It is free to visit and there are a variety of exhibits to see.
Hotel de Sens
The Gothic palace was erected in the 1400s. It stands out from all of the architecture around. Check out the watch towers and cannonball still stuck in the wall. There is also a peaceful courtyard behind the hotel.
St. Paul Village
I’ve seen beautiful photos of St. Paul Village, but it was not as fascinating as I was hoping. Several stores were closed, and the ones that were open were not fit for a teacher’s budget. If you enjoy quiet courtyards, or just wandering through Paris, you may want to take a stroll.
The highlight of the tour was the falafel along the Rue de Rosiers. I’ve never had falafel before, and I’m realizing what I have been missing out on. Wrapped in a pita you find a medley of cabbage, caramelized onions, tzatziki sauce, and little fried balls of flavor. The ground chickpeas mixed with flavorful spices creates the consistency of meat. My goal is to test several falafel joints in the area to find the very best. Today’s is the number one contender so far. I’ll keep you posted as I investigate.
Tomorrow we head to Rouen. I can’t wait to share all of the discoveries. I promise to document my journey better.