Published on Monday, 9 February 2015
The day consecrated to all lovers is almost upon us. February 14th is just around the corner but it’s not too late to make plans to surprise the special someone in your life. Why not spend Valentine’s Day in the city that is synonymous with romance? The many attractions and timeless appeal of Paris await your pleasure and will help to make this a day that you and yours will always remember. Here at the Hotel de la Herse d'Or we fully understand the magic of this special occasion, so when you come to stay with us we will ensure that you have all you need, including some great ideas about things to do. In fact, we have a couple of suggestions for you right now.
Enjoy a walk in the most timeless part of Paris
The Hotel de la Herse d'Or is situated in the district of Paris called the Marais. Known today for its art galleries and design shops, this is an historic district where the aristocracy lived in pre-Revolutionary days, a trend that can be traced back to the 13th century, when Charles I of Anjou built his residence there. With its winding, narrow streets and plethora of pre-Haussmann era buildings, the Marais is the closest you will get to the feel of medieval Paris, and it has an atmosphere all of its own. Here you will find the Place des Vosges, widely considered to be the most beautiful square in the city, and a certain house at number 6 where one of the greatest writers of all time once lived.
Visit the house of a great romantic on Valentine’s Day
Victor Hugo was the brilliant French novelist, poet and dramatist who is perhaps best known as the writer of Les Misérables, the great work that dealt with social injustice, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the novel which spurred the Paris authorities to restore the great cathedral. However, his list of other literary achievements is a long and magnificent one.
La Maison de Victor Hugo is one of the fourteen City of Paris museums and is located in the building where the writer lived from 1832 to 1848. The rooms here have been restored to resemble as closely as possible the way they were during Hugo’s occupancy, with many of the writer’s personal possessions and other fascinating artifacts on display. Particularly significant at this time of year is the fact that, amongst the vast collection of handwritten manuscripts, the museum has 28 of the love letters Hugo wrote to his lover Léonie Biard and around a thousand from another of his amours, Juliette Drouet. These were two of the great loves of the writer’s life, but there were a number of other affairs and it would be fair to say that he enjoyed a very busy romantixistence! A visit to this superb museum will help you to understand this fascinating man, the inspirations for his works, and the times in which he lived.
Maison de Victor Hugo, 6 Place des Vosges, Paris 4e
Metro : Bastille, lines 1,5,8
Picture copyright holder : Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Jacques Lebar
Hôtel de la Herse d’Or Paris, a two star hotel in the Marais district.