my favourite part of paris

by Sharon Santoni
Le Marais…. I even love the name….. le Marais is an old part of Paris, rich in history and beautiful architecture.   Within a stone’s throw of Notre Dame, and the Pompidou centre, the Marais includes the stunning Place des Vosges, the luxuriant Musee Carnavalet and a multitude of little restaurants and truly Parisian food stores and markets.

My favourite restaurant here is Le Dome du Marais, created from the an old auction house.  These walls would have many stories to tell!

The stunning Musée Carnavlet tells the history of Paris.  It’s home today is in two beautiful 18th century ‘hotels particuliers’ that frame a traditional French parterre garden.

And if you would like to imagine what it looked like 70 years ago, then I highly recommend this beautiful book.     “I remember the Marais”
Le Marais, pop it on your list for your next trip to Paris![blank]


Our French Inspired Home September 19, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Looks gorgeous! It seems that all pictures of Paris are gorgeous to me though! Can't wait to finally make it there next year. Thanks for the info! – Tonya

LA CONTESSA September 19, 2012 - 4:42 pm

I will be there soon.Thanks for the post.

Kristie Franklin September 19, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Very beautiful! I love the first image and would love to stroll down that street. 🙂

Sarah September 19, 2012 - 5:11 pm

I ADORE that area too – lucky to have visited this time last year and stayed in Rue Des Achives. x

De tout, de rien September 19, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Didn't have the chance to fully explore it. We only stopped in at the Jewish Memorial. This gives me a reason to go back. (As if I need one!)

De tout, de rien September 19, 2012 - 5:27 pm

And I also read somewhere that the old architecture of Le Marais remained untouched, whereas in the rest of Paris, old buildings got torn down to make room for Haussmann buildings.

Stacey Snacks September 19, 2012 - 5:27 pm

I love the Marais too… unique and special, I love the Jewish quarter mixed in with the new chic shops…….xo

Teresa Chambel September 19, 2012 - 5:28 pm

I love le Marais ! it´s my favourite place in Paris. I always go there when i'm in Paris, I love Place des Voges, Le Musee Picasso e le Carnavalet ! thanks for the post, and thaks for your fantastic blog !

Lorrie Orr September 19, 2012 - 5:28 pm

We stayed there on our trip to Paris 5 years ago, and I loved the area. I really wanted to visit the canal St. Martin but our hotel told us there were too many sans-abris and that it wasn't safe. I wish I had not listened to him. Next time, for sure!

Considering the word marais means swamp, it's certainly a beautiful area. Perhaps it was swampy in earlier times. I love the Place du Vosges.

Devon September 19, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Beautiful, the first picture is my favorite..

meine Dinge ♥ Franka September 19, 2012 - 5:36 pm

O yes Le Marais est un quartier special!

♥ Franka

I Dream Of September 19, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Sharon, I love the Marais, too. We stayed in a friend's apartment there a couple falls ago and it was so fun to make our home in that neighborhood. Haven't been to Le Dome du Marais, though. Something to look forward to for the next trip! XO

French Girl in Seattle September 19, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Ah, le Marais… My old hunting grounds. I was a lucky girl, once: My university was just around the corner from la Place des Vosges, so naturally, many students headed to the beautiful garden to cram for exams 🙂 It did not suck… I knew many restaurants and cafes in the area. It has not changed one bit. Thank you for the book recommendation. I may add it to my Christmas wish list (my MIL is coming to visit and she will be happy to act as a special courrier 🙂 Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Today's Treasure by Jen September 19, 2012 - 6:25 pm

S~ Your photos are just gorgeous. We touched on just a cornier of this area, it was simply beautiful. We have been home for 48 hours and am already starting a list for our next trip! I will be looking for the book too. ~J

Amy September 19, 2012 - 6:47 pm

I'm hoping my next trip is very, very soon. It's been two years since I've been in Paris. That's two years too long.

Thanks for the travel advice!

michele September 19, 2012 - 6:47 pm

cannot wait to soak it all in when we are there next month. the book looks like a must have for me!


Geli September 19, 2012 - 8:51 pm

Hello Sharon, I love your photos of Paris. I was one week in Paris, but it´s 21 years ago, it was my second holiday with my husband. And it was so romantic. I think, Paris was and is the most romantic city in the world! Right? Best wishes!

[email protected] Pine Cones and Acorns September 19, 2012 - 8:55 pm

Sharon beautiful photos. I love the Marais and spend a lot of time there when I am in Paris.

Have a great day, Elizabeth

carolyn bradford September 19, 2012 - 9:05 pm

What a beautiful place and beautiful post as well! Wish I was there right now!

Sandy @ You May Be Wandering September 19, 2012 - 10:29 pm

I love Le Marais – especially the Place de Vosges. Your pictures are beautiful!! Paris is my favorite city!

Desire Empire September 19, 2012 - 11:08 pm

I spent two weeks in the Marais in a little flat with my family on holiday. Two of he most enjoyable and memorable weeks of my life.

The Moerks September 20, 2012 - 2:41 am

Oh it looks beautiful….

The enchanted home September 20, 2012 - 2:46 am

Love it too..spent some time when we were there a few years ago, it showcases Paris at its best. Have to pay a visit to your favorite restaurant next time I am there….good excuse:)

Vicki September 20, 2012 - 2:46 am

I've been reading you all along but haven't been able to leave comments to all of your beautiful posts because of a hand injury, which makes keyboarding painful. I loved the flowers with the blueware dishes from 'way earlier this month, Ghetto with the lovely tote bag, the garden tables with pink umbrellas matching pink flowers growing in the foreground and now, this glimpse of a Paris of which I'm unacquainted; can't wait to read more about it. Thank you, and I just wanted to say also what a relief it must be to know your noble horse is faring so much better. Best of luck!

{oc cottage} September 20, 2012 - 4:01 am

oh my!

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Patricia September 20, 2012 - 7:38 am

One of my favorite areas of Paris! I recommend visiting on a Sumday. Whereas other parts of Paris shut down on Sumday, the Marais is vibrant with cafés, restaurants and shops! The Musee Carnavelet and the Place des Vosges are not to be missed!

The Blue Farmhouse September 20, 2012 - 7:38 am

All is beautiful, especially the first image. Can't hurt a girl to dream, uh?

Janette @the2seasons September 24, 2012 - 1:44 pm

I just returned home from a three week trip to France. I spent two weeks bicycling and then stayed a week in Paris in the Marais. I always stay there because it is so convenient to everything, and since my Paris week was solo (hubby went home for work), I felt safe.

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barbara audirsch mckee September 20, 2014 - 6:50 pm

we have a beautiful home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast…maybe we could trade one day. I too love to cook and travel. Paris is my favorite place. But Italy is in my Heart and I love the food in the South more than any other food…anywhere. We can see Capri from our Garden. Che Bella…

Arrivederci, Barbara


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