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Yes, it was right here in the heart of the ancient Medieval district (known as the Marais) that the playwright, Caron de Beaumarchais, breathed life into his famous barber, Figaro, best know to us today perhaps by Rossini’s operatic interpretation of de Beaumarchais’s most famous play ‘The Barber of Seville’.
De Beaumarchais lived at no. 47 Rue Vieille du Temple from 1776 in what was known as the Hôtel Amelot. He lived there at a time when the Marais or ancient ‘marsh’ of Paris was still awash with aristocrats, political figures and literary and artistic talent. These were the days of the ladies ‘Salons’ where aristocratic females such as Madame de Sévigné and Madame de LaFayette spent long afternoon’s letter-writing, intellectualizing, and gossiping over canapés. Here during the age of Louis XIV, Moliere wrote plays, Mansard designed buildings and a bit later on, Mozart performed his first piano concert at the tender age of seven.
Nestled neatly on the 2nd floor between two courtyards, our MARAIS ST. PAUL 3 apartment is a haven of tranquility. The interior designer of this flat created a harmonious aesthetic, combining modern style and bright colors with medieval features liked the oak beamed ceiling. Here just off of one the major thoroughfares in the Marais district, you have everything that you might need within a short distance of the flat. Replete with a modern kitchen designed for cooking, this fun, fashionable flat is decorated to a high standard and is fully equipped with all you could ever need to enjoy life as a Parisian. The massage shower booth with an inbuilt sound system is a unique feature of this flat.
The flat is ideally located in the most desirable part of the Marais, near the beautiful Place des Vosges, the Rue des Rosiers, and the Place Sainte Catherine, a tranquil square just behind the building. Guests staying here will enjoy being surrounded by the best of Parisian architecture, while savoring the culinary and cultural delights of the neighboring Jewish quarter, and the bubbling activity of the Marais endless fashion boutiques, night clubs, restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Place de la Bastille, with the Paris Opéra house on display, is only a few blocks away as well, as is the Seine River itself. Colorful café’s may have replaced literary salons, and museums like the ‘Picasso Museum’ have now moved into many of the sumptuous, former aristocratic residences known as ‘Hôtels Particuliers’ that are scattered throughout the Marais district; but for those who know Paris well and who love being surrounded by centuries of history, the southern end of the Marais is one of the top places to stay, particularly when you have easy access to public transportation (Metro stop: St. Paul). Taxi stands and buses abound; but of course, much of historic Paris is within close walking distance, so you may not need anything but a good pair of comfortable shoes to survive!
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