A to Cray-Z 2017 –
All about the week that I nearly drove my husband crazy. In Paris.
Last October, my husband and I spent a month in France. Nine of those days we spent in Paris. We sought out a street in Paris for every letter of the alphabet, and we set foot in every arrondissement de Paris. This is not for the faint of heart. Or anyone who fears lots of walking. Or stairs. Or trop de baguettes. Or le Métro.
Ça veut dire — Do not try this at home, folks.
Alors, mes chers lecteurs…have you been to Paris? Have you walked on this street? Does this street make you dream or think of a story? Tell me in the comments!
French verb for this street: se perdre
Robert se perd chaque fois qu’il essaie d’utiliser le métro.
P is for Place du Palais Bourbon
Rue : Place du Palais Bourbon
Arrondissement : 7e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
When we went looking for the street, we actually walked to it from a walk along the Seine, near Musée d’Orsay. When we rounded the corner onto the actual street, we found something Very big. Very Important-Looking. And of course, it really is an important place, where the French National Assembly meets! Although individual guided tours of the Palais Bourbon are currently suspended, the audio-guide still exits on their website, HERE, and there is an interesting video about a “normal” day at the French National Assembly, HERE, available in French, French with French subtitles (awesome for French Language learners!) and in English. Not a bad way to spend 15 minutes, learning a bit about the French government.
Right here in this area, if one wanted to spend, say, a couple of days, there are a lot of museums and historical sites! Just zoom in on the map if you want to make a really long list of “I would really like to see that”. I thought 9 days in Paris was going to be satisfying, but really, it’s just a teaser. I need a year there. At least.
What’s in a name?
At the center of this plaza is a “palace” or “Hôtel Particulier” which was built for Louise de Bourbon, Duchesse de Bourbon and daughter of Louis XIV and Mme de Montespan. At the time it was built, in 1722, it was her “Country house” and was really on the outskirts of Paris. It was built in the same style as the Grand Trianon at Versailles. The Bourbons ascended the throne in France with Henri IV and reigned until 1830. The Palais Bourbon is now home to the French National Assembly, the lower legislative chamber of the French government.
Bonus : Métro Pigalle
The Métro Station is named for its proximity to Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, favorite sculptor of Madame de Pompadour. While walking around after going to the Fête de la Vendange in Montmartre, I had to take this picture! The Métro station itself was opened in 1902, at a time when the area was full of artists and writers. Of course, the Pigalle area has had a rather risqué reputation…but maybe it’s changing, I don’t know. I didn’t go there at night! It was certainly lively the day we were there, but not being too far from a festival probably contributed to that. It was a good people-watching place for sure!
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