Highlights of the Marais

posted by Sharon April 17, 2017 25 Comments
Marais, Place des Vosges

Have you visited the Marias area of Paris? If not, plan to stroll around here and explore someday. This area of Paris, which includes the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of the city, was built on marshland (“marais” means marsh) in the 1100s. Here are some highlights of a day we spent in the historic Marais.

The Place des Vosges

The Place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris. It’s a park lined by elegant red-brick buildings. Victor Hugo’s home is here and is open to the public. Families hang out here, locals come to exercise or study, and tourists marvel at the peacefulness. Place des VosgesPlace des VosgesPlace des VosgesPlace des Vosges

Place des VosgesPlace des VosgesThe Historical Architecture

I loved the old buildings and streets, built at various times through the centuries. The doors of Paris speak of lives lived to the full here. MaraisMaraisMaraisMarais

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Morning coffee, lunch, late afternoon drink – no problem finding the perfect café. The difficult part is choosing. MaraisMaraisMaraisMaraisMaraisMaraisMarais

The Sunday Market

We took the bus to the Bastille circle, got off, and found the street we wanted as a starting point to our adventure. I’m not good at directions, though, so we went the opposite way. We wandered along, enjoyed a breakfast of chocolate croissants in a local bakery, and then figured out our mistake and turned around. We came to a street jammed with large and small trucks and immediately found the Sunday Market on the other side of them. So by happy accident we blended with residents doing their weekly shopping. MaraisMaraisMaraisMaraisMaraisMarais

The Jewish Quarter

The Marais has been home to a community of Jews since the 13th century. Sadly, this area is the site of terrorist attacks and of deportations. Memorials name some of the children deported during WWII. Marais

MaraisThe Goldenberg deli is the site of a 1982 terrorist attack that left six people dead and 21 injured. As recently as 2015, two of the perpetrators were found. This is a community that does not forget those it lost. MaraisMarais

The tall synagogue survives. Marais

The Marais also has museums and shops and restaurants. On a Sunday, the Marais is especially vibrant as the residents come out in droves to enjoy their free time. It’s a bustling place, full of history and life. Marais

If you go to the Marais, I highly recommend lunch at La Terrasse Sainte-Catherine on Sainte Catherine Place. Locals filled the restaurant and it seemed everyone ordered a basket of French fries. So we did, too. I’m not a fry eater normally, but these are truly remarkable. And the salmon burger was delicious. Marais

 

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Mersad April 17, 2017 at 6:46 am

Amazing impressions from La Marais. Paris is such a great city to visit and explore for the fellow photographer. You captured those scenes really well. Everything looks so inviting. Thank you for linking up with “Through My Lens”

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin April 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

Oh wow! SO beautiful!!

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Margaret Birding For Pleasure April 17, 2017 at 9:19 am

I love all the different types of building the colourful market scenes and yummy goodies to eat and that shot of the man in black with his back to us. Love that HAppy Easter

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Villroses hage April 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Yes, an interesting place with atmosphere!
Now I want to go tp Paris again!

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Su-sieee! Mac April 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm

I’m ready to go! Thanks for sharing your story and photos. It’s exactly the place I’d love to visit.

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jesh StG April 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm

What I like about the Parisians is that they take time to enjoy their free time. Since there is so much history and beauty around it is also easy! Oh, yes I remember the temptation of all the boulangeries (if that is the right plural!). Luckily we were there with two kids who were teens, so if they were hungry they were not too particular, as long as it was food:) And too American to know what a good or bad coffee or croissant tastes like, lol!
Thank you for highlighting Goldenberg’s delicatessen! Lately when West Europe comes to mind,I sigh, because there is so much upheaval. Who knows Marine Le Pen will be able to implement some needed changes. Thank you Sharon for sharing these beautiful views of Paris with All Seasons! Hope you hag a great Easter (here it rained!) Have a good one.

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Jim, Sydney, Australia April 18, 2017 at 2:12 am

Fantastic.

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Rhonda Albom April 18, 2017 at 3:29 am

I did not see this area when I visited Paris. I love the tree covered walk path by the square. The tray of chocolate eclairs is calling my name 🙂

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Lady Fi April 18, 2017 at 4:28 am

Wow – amazing and gorgeous shots!

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Photo(Geo)grapher April 18, 2017 at 5:15 am

Amazing lights! Great photography

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Tanja (the Red phone box travels) April 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

I have a photo of Place des Vosges too:) #citytripping

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Lolo April 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

What a beautiful corner of Paris! Never heard of this part, but it’s certainly beautiful and the history is interesting! Definitely looks worth visiting! #CityTripping

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Cathy (Mummytravels) April 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm

I love this area of Paris – didn’t get chance to visit on my last trip but you’ve made me want to dash straight back. And it’s great getting a bit lost now and then, you never know what you’ll find. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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Ruth | Tanama Tales April 19, 2017 at 12:27 am

Oh, such a wonderful area! So sad I have not visited. To me, it feels like the typical Parisian neighborhood you want to spend some time on. Everything is so charming and quaint. Enjoyed your photos a lot! #WordlessWednesday

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bettyl - NZ April 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

What a wonderful part of the world! I love the architecture and lively feel of this part of the city.

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Caity April 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Love this post! I studied abroad in Paris and had an internship near the Place des Vosges. I went there almost daily for lunch and it was my favorite part of the whole city! So nice to relive it a little through your beautiful photos. 🙂

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Katherine April 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm

It’s just impossible for Paris to have a hair out of place. Your photos are gorgeous, which I’m guessing is in part because Paris is just lovely. I would not mind one of those pastries or a stroll through the gardens. #weekendwanderlust

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Staci, The Voyageer April 21, 2017 at 8:35 pm

How lovely! I love Le Marais, it is my favorite Paris neighborhood. I would love to go back right now! #WeekendWanderlust

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jill April 21, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Lovely photos! One of my favorite cities – and 3 times there is not nearly enough. Time to go again!

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Corey with fifi + hop April 22, 2017 at 10:09 pm

I love the Marais. Last time I was in paris was 4 years ago for a girls weekend and we spent an afternoon there walking around and dipping into cafes. it was perfect. #wkendtravelinspiration

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D of Love C and D April 23, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Some beautiful photos. We really enjoyed the classic Parisian parks and the beautiful architecture of Paris, when we visited a few years ago. This isn’t an areea I knew anything about so it’s nice to find out more. It looks like you had a really lovely time. Thanks for sharing #WeekendWanderlust

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Harmony, Momma To Go April 24, 2017 at 1:55 am

I visited the Marais in 2003, with an ex LOL, but it was amazing! I feel like I ate at all those cafes… no falafel? that was my favorite thing in this area. found you from #weekendwanderlust

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Jane @ Raincity Librarian April 25, 2017 at 3:11 am

Paris is just one of those places that seems almost too magical, like something straight out of a film or a book! The cafes, the promenades, the architecture, it’s all just perfect.

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Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) April 28, 2017 at 10:58 pm

We did not get to La Marais on our last Paris trip, despite planning for months to stay in the area. A last minute decision put us in the 7th, which was good…but seeing your photos has us ready to go back and stay in La Marais like we planned. 😉 Thanks for sharing! #WeekendWanderlust

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