Tucked away in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris’ Right Bank lies the magnificent, historic Le Marais.  Literally translated as “The Marsh”, this district of Paris is where the aristocrats moved and built their ornate “masions” over former marshland as Paris blossomed in the 17th century. The historic gorgeous maisons of the aristocracy remain, as well as the sensational Place des Vosges and other noteworthy sites. Yet by the 19th and early 20th centuries, a new presence entered the area as the nobility moved out: The Jewish Community who were later pushed out and tragically persecuted during the Nazi era and the Vichy regime.

Today, Le Marais is one of the hippest, architecturally beautiful arrondissements in all of Paris.  Tree-lined streets are dotted with gorgeous boutiques, swank cafes and beautiful restaurants that offer the traveler a real Parisien experience. Furthermore, Le Marais’ proximity to so many wonderful historic sites not to mention the Bastille, Place des Vosges and Rue de Rivoli, the premier luxury shopping street, make it a perfect place to base oneself for a stay in Paris. If you want to experience Parisien life in all its splender and authenticity, Le Marais is the place to be.

Here are some pictures from this gorgeous arrondissement, starting with a view from our lovely hotel room in Le Marais.

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    1. Wonderful Madhu!!! You will love it! I loved sitting at the Bastille and drinking wine at an outdoor cafe watching the world go by. I bet you will get some wonderful pictures!!!

    1. Yes, it was really wonderful and such a lovely treat! The entire trip was really special, especially because I shared it with my sister and mom!

  1. Lovely collection again 🙂
    You should check out Marianne’s East of Malaga… she is doing a photo challene on knobs and knockers and you have some great ones from this post and last of lovely ornate doors 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! Really glad you enjoy them! I am working harder now at taking my photos. Before I’d just snap. Now I’m really trying!!! 🙂

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