I don’t know much about the Marais [sounds like mah - ray] except that it rains there quite a lot [grin]
The rain gives this small quaint area of Paris [between the 3rd and 4th on le Rive Droite] a warm cosy industrial-chic edge. I know that sounds like a contradiction… but the Marais is very much like that!
It’s a shopper’s heaven… filled with designer boutiques… art galleries… and intimate cafes.
It’s a historical masterpiece of 19th century aristocracy that slowly fell from grace until the 1960s when new life was breathed back into the place.
It’s a complete contradiction to the Paris I thought I had come to know!
Warm… friendly… cosy even… the streets are narrower… older… more funky and down to earth than the boulevards of the more bourgeoisie 7th. It’s grungy and boho… stylish and sophisticated all packed into one.
I like it.
The mint tea at the Merci Used Book Café is to die for… the raw key lime cheesecake… legendary.
I guess a person could spend months here getting to know this place.
Curled up in an armchair in the corner of Merci café with bookcases stacked to the rafters… I imagine I can hear the books talking. They’re telling me to write… and asking me to join them on the shelf up on the right [I think they’ve got a party going on!]
Le Marais is kind of magical like that.
On the walk home in the rain I bought an umbrella [there it is above]
It is awkward… square shaped… impractical… and still gets me into more trouble than I can poke a stick at but it’s as beautiful as any umbrella you’ve ever seen and that pretty much sums up the Marais.
OKAY now it's your turn.
- Have you been to the Marais?
- Would you ever go to the Marais based on this shabby but chic report?
- If you went to the Marais would you drink mint tea [or make it something stronger]?
- If you were in the Marais would you weigh in on the conversation outside LIVRES D'ART [the art book shop above] or just leave well enough alone? [grin]
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