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From the Marais to the Eiffel Tower

My European Journey: Part trois

April 21, 2013

Our hotel, the charming Hotel de la Bretonnerie, was nestled in the Marais, a district of Paris we specifically selected after some research. The narrow, cobblestone streets in the Marais is what all of old Paris used to look like; I read that there are more pre-revolutionary buildings and streets left intact in this district than in any other part of the city. It is very picturesque, with some incredible architecture, and well suited to exploring on foot, which is how we spent most of our time in Paris. In the fashionable Marais, there is an abundance of unique little boutiques with some excellent vintage shops, art galleries (including the Picasso Museum) and trendy bars and restaurants. A Jewish quarter with a growing gay presence, there was a great gay bar right across the street from our hotel, Spyce, that we went to late on our first night there. We met a Brazilian actor who had been living in Stockholm and did not find the Swedish to be friendly.



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