St. Paul at a Glance
Tip=There is an escalator towards the center of the platform that you can use to go up.
Sights Within 1 Kilometer:
Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue-130m
Mona Lisait Bookstore-210m*
Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris-250*
Musée National Picasso-600m
Place des Vosges-550m
Maisons de Victor Hugo-550m
Arab World Institute-1km*
Rue des Rosiers-350m
Memorial de la Shoah-350m
Hotel de Ville-600m
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme-950m
Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue: You can’t go into the synagogue with an Art Nouveau exterior, but you get the sense that you are in the Jewish Quarter as you see the students and priests stepping out of the doorway.
Mona Lisait Bookstore: Although this bookstore doesn’t have the historical significance of Shakespeare and Company, it is a bargain store with its own charm.
Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris: A local guide shared with me that this library is a great place to sneak into on a rainy day.
Musée Carnavalet: This free sight holds the history of the revolution time period. The floor creaking under your feet is a reminder that you are in an old mansion. Make sure you visit the courtyard with the pristine shrubbery.
Musée National Picasso: I’ve yet to be in Paris when this museum is actually open, but it has been on my list each time. After the renovations are complete, you will be able to see the different mediums of art Picasso created.
Saint-Paul/Saint-Louis Church: The church built with a dome tried to rival St. Peter’s in Rome, but it doesn’t come close to the grandness. If you look carefully at the decor you will find a mesh between Catholicism and Paganism. You will even find a Delacroix painting.
Village Saint-Paul: The shops are higher end, but the hidden passageways lead to green courtyards away from the crowds.
Sully Hôtel: In the 1600s, the rich craved closeness to King Henry IV. This former mansion is a great passageway to the Place des Vosges. If you are looking for a place where you can sit and hear the birds chirping, find a bench in the courtyard.
Place des Vosges: The square established by Henry IV and the residence of Victor Hugo is a place for families, friends, and couples to congregate. On a fair weather Sunday you will find that this is one of the outdoor living rooms for Parisians.
Maison de Victor Hugo: The residence of the famous writer overlooks the scenic Place des Vosges. The free entry provides a view into the life of Victor Hugo and the place where he wrote most of Les Misérables.
Bastille: Although the prison is no longer here, this neighborhood is a growing hotspot for restaurants and shopping. Standing in the middle of the roundabout is a memorial to those that stormed the Bastille to free the prisoners and take the arms. If you want to learn more about the history of the Revolution and the Bastille, you may want to consider checking out the murals in the métro stop.
Opéra Bastille: Not as extravagant as the Opéra Garnier, but that is the point. This opera was built to downplay the elegance of the expensive Garnier.
Boulangerie: Seeing the line extend outside the door hints at the quality of breads and pastries that wait for you at 28 Rue Beaumarchais. I have never found so much enjoyment in a baguette as I have from this boulangerie.
Arab World Institute: The goal of the institute is to build an understanding between different cultures. The unique architecture holds art, history, and a library to bring people together by banishing the lack of knowledge about the culture.
Seine/Quais: If you walk south, you will eventually run into the Seine. Find a good spot on a bridge and watch the ebb and flow of people travel down the river. The quays along the Seine are perfect for strolling or a picnic. Life is good watching the world go by on water.
Île St. Louis: This island is home to the best ice cream in Paris: Berthillon. Walking the streets, you feel like you are in a village making it is easy to forget that you are in the city center. Hear the accordion player in the background as you window shop with your glacé in hand.
Bouquinistes: Vintage books, posters, and affordable souvenirs can be found in the little green boxes lining the river. You may come across an abundance of American pop culture, but if you dig through and visit several bouquinistes, you can find the perfect gift for someone else or yourself.
Rue des Rosiers: The pedestrian street is the heart of the Jewish quarter of Paris. Visit bakeries and little shops before stopping to get falafel. L’As du Falafel is supposed to be the best, but I preferred King’s Falafel.
Mémorial de la Shoah: Located in the Marais, this memorial educates the visitors about the holocaust while honoring the Jews that died.
Hôtel de Ville: The city hall houses free exhibitions for the public. The esplanade out front changes throughout the year. Sometimes you will find sand while another time you might find a green space has taken over.
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme: Jewish history is explored in this previous mansion. Learn about the traditions through artifacts and the story of the religion and its people in France.
Pompidou Centre: The three major art museums in Paris are organized by time period. The Pompidou houses modern art from famous artists such as Picasso, Warhol, etc. The architecture offers a peak at the bones of the building.
Best of the Marais
St. Paul/St. Louis is a surprisingly good find on the Rue de Rivoli. It seems to combine Catholocism with some Paganism. Look carefully at the details as the Jesuits influenced the church.
Here you see the facade of the St. Paul/Louis Church.
Hotel de Ville
The wall is filled with pictures of the children of the holocaust.
I’d love some feedback on this week’s Paris by Métro. I made some changes from last week. What do you think?