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July 4, 2013

Paris in July: a little Paris of my own

When I borrow books from the college library, they generally don't have their dust jackets on any more, so it made me happy to find a note in my next book (Footprints in Paris, by Gillian Tindall, more on it soon} that its cover illustration was taken from this painting of the Place Maubert, by Emmanuel Lansyer (1888).  Place Maubert, which is in the 5th arrondissement, not too far from the Seine, was my 'neighborhood'/Metro stop  in my long-ago last visit to Paris.

So that meant an early peek into the book, and yes, part of it is set there.

Diane Johnson's novel Le Divorce is set on the tiny street, curving around from Place Maubert to the Seine, where I stayed, here:

Very happy memories, and a book I'm looking forward to even more. :) And there's a little  pied a terre available nearby, 'Au pied du métro. Dans un Immeuble Haussmanien, bel appartement de 3 pièces situé au 1er étage composé d'une entrée, séjour, deux chambres, cuisine indépendante, salle de bain et wc. Calme absolu. '

{hotel photo found on; appartement found here.}

1 comment:

Lisa said...

My one brief visit to Paris was so long ago that my memories of the city are more overlaid with the filmes I've seen and books I've read. I do love looking at those pictures! I hope you're having a good Independence Day.

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