Wonder what to see in Paris can be a little absurd considering that it is a city full of history and culture on all sides. There are several places in the world that draw me attention by many things, but by its grandeur, homogeneity and charm, that I most like is the Vosges Square, the oldest and most beautiful of Paris (Place des Vosges), and for me, stop on any visit to the city of light.
Vosges square is a 5-minute walk from metro stations of Saint Paul, Bastille or Chemin Vert. Entire cover of red brick collecting on their walls incredible scenes from the history of the city. It opened in 1612 for the wedding of Luis XIII con Ana de Habsburgo (although never lived there). It was quickly copied as a model for all Europe., you can see that they inspire squares in other capitals. Should your design to Baptist Hoop, French architect who also designed the iconic bridge over the river Seine, Pont Neuf and who oversaw the actual works of his time.
When I visited the city for the first time, the plaza was squarely in the Jewish quarter, where there were only stores to the wholesale, local craftsmen and very little commercial life. However in the past 20 years, the neighborhood where it is located, The Marais, it has undergone a transformation that has become one of the most cosmopolitan and current city, but that will be a matter for another post.
The original name of the square was "The Royal Palace". Soon it gained prestige and became, along with nearby, in exclusive place of residence of such illustrious personages as the Cardenal Richelieu or Victor Hugo. Today several museums have decided to move to this square, such as the Picasso Museum, the Carnavalet Museum or the Cognacq-Jay Museum and of course the House of Victor Hugo.
The writer's House is located in number 6. He is an organized apartment following the three main stages that articulated the writer's life: their history before, during and after the exile. Furniture and decoration are the time and your visit is more than curious
When one enters the square, is appalled by the beauty, symmetry and grandiosity of the same. Enclosed in a square prefect of 140 meters by 140 meters, is surrounded by a set of 36 red brick pavilions built symmetrically (the King and the Queen were the first to be built). In the center of the plaza is a pleasant garden full of lime trees, built later, decorated with fountains and a large equestrian statue of Luis XIII. Be sure to have a good time in the Park, and if in addition, going with children, much better. The perimeter of the square, under the upper floors, is one arcade where can we find art galleries, beautiful delicate and coffee shops.
They are also located in the stunning Plaza Hotel "Le Pavillon de la Reine", with the facade of Ivy and beautiful flower boxes in the windows and the nearby Hotel "Place des Vosges", a hotel decorated with original furniture from the 17TH century but with fully renovated, modern rooms with an air very, but very French
To end this day ride the Vosges square, what if we become a Parisian treat and cook us a good duck? You know the reputation that France enjoys this delicacy. This time, I decided to cook it with pink pepper and brandy. The result, baking, since you can see, for scrumptious.